Town of Henniker New Hampshire
Summer Concert Series - 2012 Wrap-up
Harkening back to simpler times, residents of Henniker and visitors from near and far gathered each Tuesday evening this summer, as they have for over 3 decades in modern times, to enjoy a variety of local and regional musicians.
Averaging 250 attendees each week (with a high of 370 during appearances by Jeff Dearborn), each concert had its own character and flavor. There was the nostalgia of the 40’s swing era from East Bay Jazz, the presence of a WMUR TV -9 film crew to catch Dusty Gray’s high energy band for a Chronicle segment (go to www.wmur.com and click on Chronicle to see the story and maybe yourself in the shots of Henniker) on the cusp of becoming a major new force in country music, the laid back 3-part harmonies of Random Acts of Harmony, the Bel Airs doo-wop July 3rd Independence Day tribute and the touching military salute offered by Quintessential Brass that brought cheers from the attendees as each service branch was recognized in song and the veterans in attendance stood and were recognized. There was something special and memorable each of the 11 Tuesday evenings, even the electrical storm that brought the Lunch at the Dump concert to an abrupt end as the crowd scattered and the power went out all over town for about an hour.
Being part of the community that participated in these weekly concerts was truly a feel good experience. Children tumbling and swaying rhythmically to the music, families picnicking on the lawn surrounding the bandstand, people dancing along the sidewalks as they gathered in the parks, neighbors chatting and visiting, young and not so young all shared this experience. The Angela Robinson Bandstand was bathed in light and patriotic drapings as night fell and the bands played on. It was special. It was small town. It was Henniker.
The town of Henniker, its Selectmen and residents should take a bow for bringing so much enjoyment to so many at such a modest expense. Where else could you enjoy 11- live concerts for less than the expense of a cup of coffee and a donut?
We on the Henniker Concert Committee feel privileged to be able to help bring this series to our community each summer. At the end of the series we ask for your feedback and take surveys you complete to begin planning next year’s series. It is truly gratifying to read some of the comments about what this event means to those who attend. If you attended any of the concerts and did not have a chance to fill out a survey and would like to add your comments, I would be happy to send you one to complete. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of our committee: Blithe Reed, Greg Gage, Cathy Dias and Betty Watman, thank you for joining us in making music together!
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