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Townsend VFW this week’s lawn party host; concert to include music for children

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TOWNSEND — The first portion of the Townsend Military Band’s Thursday evening, June 27, concert on the Townsend Common will feature music of special interest to children.

The Amanda E. Dwight Entertainment Fund will fund the June 27 concert.

Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Auxiliaries will be hosting the lawn party to be held in conjunction with this concert. The aroma of grilled onions and peppers will fill the air as VFW Post members grill hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages to serve hungry concertgoers.

Corn dogs, homemade potato chips and fried dough, cold soda and bottled water will be on sale. A wide selection of homemade cookies, squares, cakes, breads, candies and pies may be purchased from Townsend’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary members to eat while listening to the concert or may be taken home to enjoy later.

Food and beverages will be available from 6:45-9 p.m.

There will be numerous activities for children at the lawn party including basketball and baseball toss as well as an opportunity for them to do sand-and-spin art crafts and have their face painted. Concertgoers of all ages will have an opportunity to win a patriotic money hat and stuffed animals during the evening.

The Townsend Military Band will open its evening concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing a fanfare, “America” and “Country Wildflowers” by Daehn. “Six Little Songs,” arranged by Myers, featuring “Baa! Baa! Black Sheep,” “Mulberry Bush,” “At Pierrot’s Door,” “Yankee Doodle,” Little Bo-Peep,” and “Cock-A-Doodle Dee” will be performed.

“Dance of the Hours” by Ponchielli, “Peter and The Wolf,” and “A Slippery Place” by Hacker will be played. “On The Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite,” arranged by Bennett, “Capriccio Espagnol” arranged by Williams, and “Instant Concert” arranged by Walters will be performed.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “A Symphonic Portrait,” arranged by Nowak, featuring “Superstar,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” King Herod’s Song,” and “Memory” will be included in the first portion of the concert.

Following intermission, the band will play the “St. Louis Blues March” by Handy, Osterling’s “Bandology,” and “Aura Lee,” arranged by Hopper. The “Overture” from Kismet, arranged by Beeler, Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis March,” and “America, the Beautiful,” arranged by Cacavas, will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its program at 9:30 p.m. by playing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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