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Opinion: Let us entertain you

Looking for something to do on a warm summer evening?

Thanks to community organizations you can hear top notch entertainment in a beautiful setting without fighting traffic or even shelling out money.

Let’s start with Palmerton.

The Concourse Club has been presenting concerts in the Palmerton Borough Park every Sunday night in the summer for 35 years.

Mata Curran, then Concourse Club president, came up with the idea in 1989 and the concerts have been happening every since then, including an abbreviate schedule during the pandemic.

A local favorite, the Palmerton Band, kicked off the series. But there is truly something for everyone.

The lineup includes: Joey & The T-Birds this Sunday; The Castaway Band on June 23; Galena Brass on June 30; The Palmerton Band on July 7; Band of Brothers, July 14; Steel Creek on July 21; The PA Villagers, July 28; The Hazleton Band on Aug. 4; The Mudflaps. Aug. 11; with the Palmerton Band wrapping up the series on Aug. 18.

The Harry Brown Estate is sponsoring this year’s concerts so you can save your money for ice cream after the concert.

Lansford Alive is in its 11th season of offering Music in the Park every Sunday night in Kennedy Park.

This Sunday you can hear Lyle Mantz with acoustic folk music, followed by Boys Upstairs, an acoustic party band, June 23; and Rehrig Brothers, classic country, on June 30.

Coming up in July are Angela Nardini, Motown, soul, oldies, jazz and pop, on July 7; Pat McGeehan, bluegrass/folk, July 14; Swingmasters, polkas, July 21; The Fat Cats, acoustic and classic rock, July 28.

Scheduled in August are Sean McGeehan, high energy acoustic, Aug. 4; Claire and Shane, bluegrass/folk, Aug. 11; Joe Krushinsky, covering Elvis classics, Aug. 18; Dave and Brenda Rehrig Duo, country, Aug. 22.

Autumn Falls with music through the decades will perform Sept. 1, and an artist will be announced for Sept. 8, when the music begins an hour earlier at 5 p.m., instead of 6 p.m. Sept. 15, 22, or 29 are being held in reserve for rained out events.

Community Bank is the principal sponsor of the concerts.

Concerts are free but you have a chance to buy refreshments to benefit local nonprofits.

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Summer Concert Series on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. on the historic Tamaqua Train Station platform.

Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for free entertainment. You don’t have to worry about eating before you go because most dates will have food trucks on site.

The schedule includes: Thursday: Jason Kuhla, acoustic classic rock, country, oldies, blues and more, sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust; June 20: Tom Acker, acoustic party time hits, sponsored by Explore Schuylkill; June 27, Ricky & the Ricardos, sponsored by Fegley Oil; July 11, The Bees Knees, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network; July 18, Island Time, sponsored by Explore Schuylkill; July 25, Supersonic Godfathers, rock music, sponsored by St. Luke’s Miners Campus.

In August, hear Hatter on Aug. 1, sponsored by the American Cancer Society: Toolshed Jack, Aug. 8, sponsored by NEPA Settlement and the Law Offices of Christine Holman: 8:17 on Aug. 15, sponsored by Bowe and Odorizzi; Sean McGeehan, Aug. 22, sponsored by Lehigh Carbon Community College; Free Range Folk on Aug. 29, sponsored by EMD Electronics; and Total Confusion on Sept. 5, sponsored by Hollenbach Home Comfort Services.

There are one-time events, too.

Visit the Lehighton Park at 8 p.m. Thursday for Lehighton Band’s first of three free concerts.

The concert’s theme is “From C to Shining Sea,” including patriotic pieces and favorite tunes.

The concert is free, but a free will offering will be collected.

Don’t forget about community festivals such as the 11th Annual Summit Hill Hootenanny.

Held in Ludlow Park, music includes Cross-Tie Walker, The Pennsylvania Villagers, Justin Skylar Band, Big Valley Bluegrass, Free Range Folk and Shellshocked Churchills.

This free event will be held rain or shine on June 30.

These are just a few of the musical offerings this summer.

So take a break and head to your local park. Bring a blanket or chair and bug repellent. The melodies and flowing and, yes the bugs are biting. Welcome to summer.