The Townsend Military Band will begin its Thursday evening summer concert series on June 9.
The band, under the direction of Jon Nicholson, will present 10 Thursday-evening concerts from the bandstand on the Townsend Common. Each concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m.
A local nonprofit organization will host a lawn party featuring food, beverages and activities for children in conjunction with each concert. Refreshments are usually available to concertgoers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nine of the 10 concerts are funded by the town of Townsend and the tenth concert is funded by the Amanda F. Dwight Entertainment Fund. Betty Mae Tenney is the manager of the Townsend Military Band and the Townsend Band coordinator.
Townsend Scout groups will be hosting the lawn party at the June 9 concert. Boy Scout Troop 10 will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, cold soda and bottled water. Boy Scout Troop 81 will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, hot coffee and cold soda. Cub Pack 11 will have a bouncy house and ring toss, fishing toss, bean bag toss, bowling and skee ball games set up on the Common during the concert. Pack 11 will also have baked goods for sale. Cub Pack 12 will be selling glow bracelets, sticks, and squishy balls and operating the lollipop tree, fireman’s ring toss, fisherman’s frisbee toss and putt putt golf games. The Girl Scout Squannacook Unit will be offering face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own cupcake. The Girl Scouts will also be running a putt putt game and a wiffle ball game.
The Townsend Military Band will open its concert by playing a fanfare and “America.” “Just a Closer Walk,” the “St. Louis Blues” march arranged by Miller and “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Copeland will be performed. “Londonderry Air,” arranged by Dedrick, Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” and Fillmore’s “Americans We” march will be presented. “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by von Suppe, Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” and the “Belgian Paratroopers” march by Leemans will be included in the first portion of the concert.
Following the intermission, the band will play, and conclude its program with the “Star Spangled Banner.”