TOWNSEND — VFW Post No. 6538 and its auxiliary will host a lawn party in conjunction with the Townsend Military Band’s Thursday, July 22, concert on the Townsend Common.
Area residents of all ages are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the common to sit and listen to music while enjoying the company of friends and neighbors.
Townsend VFW Post members will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers. Fried dough, popcorn, bottled water, and a variety of cold soda will be on sale. Food and beverages will be available from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m.
A wide selection of homemade cookies, squares, cakes, breads, candies and pies may be purchased from VFW Auxiliary members.
There will be several activities for children.
Townsend Band Stand tiles will be available for purchase.
Concertgoers of all ages will have an opportunity to win stuffed animals and a patriotic money hat.
A booth will be set up for residents to learn how the post and its auxiliary serve veterans and the community, and whether or not they might be eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its auxiliary.
The Townsend Military Band, under the direction of Conductor Thomas Souza, will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing “Seventy-Six Trombones” arranged by Anderson, and Yoder’s arrangement of the “Al Hirt Medley for Concert Band.” “Bugler’s Holiday” transcribed by Edwards, Klohr’s “Billboard March,” and “Selections from Mary Poppins” arranged by Ricketts will be performed. “The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War 2” arranged by Christensen and “That Ragtime Regiment Band” arranged by Lewis will be included in the first portion of the concert.
Buckley’s “Honor The Founders” and Holst’s “First Suite for Military Band in Eb” will be played following intermission. Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry” and Duble’s “Bravura March” will be performed before the band concludes its concert at 9:30 p.m. by playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”