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Sixth Annual Summer Solstice Concert
The Martins Pond Association presents its Sixth annual Summer Solstice concert featuring the North Reading Community Band. The ensemble will perform a free concert on Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Clarke Park…weather permitting. This is the band’s first outdoor concert of the summer. Sit on the beach with your blanket, commandeer a picnic table, or just bring a lawn chair. You can, of course, come by boat from the pond side.
Judith Allen will once again conduct the 20 piece concert band which began performing back in 1979.
The marquee Broadway piece is a medley from West Side Story. Among the other pieces selected for this years’ concert are two Leroy Anderson arrangements from the Irish Suite. Franz Von Suppe’s, Queen of Spades , which drifts more towards the classical, and then the swingin‘, In the Miller Mood ; an echo from Glenn Miller and the Big Band era. The band will also perform “On the Trail” from Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite.
Selections from Finian’s Rainbow are also on the program and as usual, a tune or two can be expected from the Dixieland band-within-the-band, “No Reading”.
Each year North Reading Community Band presents two free concerts for the town.
New band members are always welcome. Band rehearsals are Thursday nights from 8-9:30. If you’d like to join contact Phil Norris at 978-664-2422 for more information.
The Martins Pond Association exists to foster the continuing restoration and improvements of Clarke Park and Martins Pond. They are also seeking new volunteers. For more information, call Janet Nicosia at 978-664-1776 or Lida Jenney at 978-664-0625.
More About Clarke Park
This park sits on the south shore of the 92-acre Martins Pond, which is at the end of the Skug River and empties into Martins Brook. The Martins Pond Association maintains the park and conducts fund-raising events to help support upkeep. The park contains a beach along the waterfront, a picnic pavilion and grill, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and a playground. Public boat access is available off Batchelder Avenue. Dogs are permitted in the park if they are leashed, although they are not allowed in the playground, and owners must remove any waste.