By Emily Bialkowski
Did you miss Caledonia’s first Music in the Park of the season? It’s okay. A line up of seven more concerts are set, but this year the well-loved tradition has a new venue.
All Music in the Park concerts will take place at Veterans Memorial Park by the public pool. The former location, Gazebo Park, is undergoing a remodel and road construction.
Concerts are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., are completely free and are open to all who want to sit back, relax and enjoy their summer evening in good company.
“It all started with the financial help of the city of Caledonia and the backing of them for me to go ahead and organize this,” said Randi Vick, who spearheads all that is Music in the Park.
Through generous donations from sponsors, grants and free-will offerings, the town comes alive with music and residents chill in their lawn chairs, kids hang off the monkey bars and volunteers serve up root beer floats for a minimal fee.
This summer’s new location, with its proximity to Caledonia Care & Rehab, will also make it a convenient entertainment venue for more residents.
“The nursing home loves that it’s going to be by the pool. We just decided it would be a smart move to have it up there for this year,” Vick said, emphasizing that generous community support from businesses and individuals makes the event possible.
“Everybody has been more than willing to see that it continues. It’s been a plus, plus,” Vick said.
A yearly budget of about $3,000 is allocated for the concerts, and a variety of music genres are sought to make sure Caledonia gets a little taste of everything.
Please see the chart for this year’s line up. Events are held rain or shine.
2013 Caledonia Music in the Park line up
June 25 – Paul Martin, classic rock, R&B, jazz
July 2 – Good Friends, bluegrass, gospel
July 9 – Simple Rogues, Scottish/Irish folk
July 16 – Veterans Driven Duo – classic rock, patriotic songs
July 23 – Jim Busta Band & Molly B – polka with Be Cool by the Pool Party
July 30 – Lyzander – pop rock, country
Aug. 6 – Caledonia Area Community Band with National Night Out