First Posted: 6/12/2014
The second annual Lakeside Concert Series at Hillside Park, Clarks Summit, is back by popular demand.
The 10-week Wednesday evening summer series kicks off June 25 from 6 p.m. to dusk with Mace in Dickson Band, a staple in the local music scene for over 20 years.
“We are excited to kick off the concert series,” the band said via email. “It was a great event last year attended by many of our friends and family from all over the area. A great time was had by all.”
The concerts were such a success last year, some community members even hoped they would have extend into the fall.
Mace in Dickson is a diverse group of musicians, spanning nearly four decades in age difference, and will provide something everyone will enjoy.
Although they have wide-ranging musical influences that stretch “from Bach to Beck,” Mace in Dickson sticks close to their familiar rootsy, southern sound. They’ve been featured on local TV and radio and are four-time winners in the “Best Band” category in “The Best of the Abingtons”, presented by The Abington Journal.
“The residents of our local communities support our banks—we in turn would like to give something back to the community by sponsoring a concert which allows so many people the opportunity to come and enjoy a beautiful setting in the park and wonderful local entertainment,” said Karen Thomas, senior vice president and marketing manager of People’s Security Bank.
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) suggests arriving at the concert early to get a seat in the pavilion, because the crowd gathers quickly. Concertgoers can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the grassy hill.
Parking for the event will be free.
Art pieces from local artists, courtesy of Sharon Burke and food served up by the Abington Lions Club will also be available.
The community-oriented group will be donating some of their proceeds back to the AAJRB to help fund the concert series.
Through the efforts of Abington Lion Rich Kubick, families can take a canoe out during the concerts on Lake Eston Wilson. Surrounding the lake are the efforts of the community-led “Walk the Lake” Project, which has resulted in a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible boardwalk through the trails . Along the nature trail are intricate wood-carvings of NEPA-native wildlife, created by local artists.
Hillside Park has brought in many new features in the past few years, including: a pavilion, boardwalk and trail, boundless playground, artificial turf field, dog park, and community garden.