Friday, July 2, 1999
Take me out to the band concert
Pack up your picnic basket, take a couple of folding chairs or a blanket or two and head for Prospect Hill at Fruitlands Museums in nearby Harvard, Massachusetts, to hear the Concord Band perform on Thursday nights at 7:30 throughout the month of July.
The opening concert of the summer season was held last Thursday evening and our family was among those seated on the hillside, watching the sun go down behind Mt. Wachusett in the distance, enjoying a picnic supper while listening to the Concord Band's rousing performance of music Americana.
The band, conducted by Dr. William McManus, played those wonderful old tunes from Sousa to Gershwin, show tunes to Disney favorites, and even a Spike Jones number with whistles blowing, balloons popping and castinets snapping. The crowd loved every minute of it.
For those in Carlisle who know the beautiful voice of Donna Perry from the Savoyards' productions over the years, I am happy to report that she (now Donna DeWitt) was the featured soloist for the evening. What a treat to her sing a Gershwin ballad and a familiar piece from "Showboat."
If you go, I would suggest arriving at Fruitlands around 6:45 p.m. to have enough time to park your car (parking fee of $10 per car) and find a good spot to settle down with your picnic supper before the music begins at 7:30. The concert lasts approximately one hour.
The drive from Carlisle to Fruitlands takes about 25 minutes and the best way to go is to take Westford Street to Route 27. Go left on Route 27, passing through Acton center to Route 2. Take Route 2, west, to the turnoff for Harvard (Route 110 southbound). Continue along this road until you come to a sign for Fruitlands on the right; turn onto this road and go for several miles to Fruitlands.
A summer evening on Prospect Hill, a picnic supper with family or friends, music from the Concord Bandit's an evening that's hard to beat.
© 1999 The Carlisle Mosquito