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Thursday concerts return for the summer, start June 7

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TOWNSEND — The Townsend Military Band will begin its 2007 summer concert series on the Townsend Common on Thursday, June 7. The Townsend Military Band is scheduled to play 10 Thursday evening concerts from the bandstand, weather permitting. Jon Nicholson of Winchendon will conduct the band in the 7:30-9:30 p.m. concerts. Betty Mae Tenney of Townsend is the band manager.

The town of Townsend pays for nine of the concerts and one concert is funded by the Amanda E. Dwight Entertainment Fund. Local and area residents are invited to attend the concerts.

Each week a local nonprofit organization holds a lawn party in conjunction with the concert. Townsend Scout groups will be hosting the June 7 lawn party.

Boy Scout Troop 10 will be selling grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, cold soda and bottled water. Boy Scout Troop 81 will be offering chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, coffee, soda and water for sale.

Girl Scout Troop 643 will be serving ice cream floats to the concertgoers.

Cub Scout Pack 11 will be selling popcorn and baked goods. It will be manning the moonwalk, the wheel of fortune game and the bowling game.

Cub Scout Pack 12 will sell popsicles, cotton candy and glow sticks. It will also have several games set up on the common, which youngsters attending the concert may play.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing the “Block M” march by Bilik and “Abide With Me.” The “Artist’s Life” waltz by Strauss, the “Folk Song Suite” by Vaughn-Williams, and “Dizzy Fingers” will be performed. Ganne’s “Father of Victory” march, the “Light Cavalry” overture by von Suppe, and Bernstein’s “West Side Story” will be presented. The “Second Connecticut Regiment” march by Reeves will also be included in the first portion of the concert.

Following intermission the band will play the “Thunder and Blazes” march and Grundman’s “Blue and Grey.” The “Broadway Spectacular” medley, the “Leroy Anderson Serenata,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” will be performed. The Townsend Military Band will conclude its concert at 9:30 p.m. by playing “God Bless America” followed by the “Star-spangled Banner.”