NEWBERRY — Pull out those lawn chairs and blankets for the Summer Concert Series in Memorial Park provided by the Newberry Opera House. The series will begin this Friday and continue through Aug. 9.
Each Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m., live entertainment will be provided in Memorial Park with the first performance this Friday by Melody Express, a group that sings Western, Classic County, and Gospel music.
Melody Express has performed at the Don Gibson Theater with the “Riders in the Sky,” Western Film Festivals and at the Newberry Opera House with the Saddle Pals, as well as other events. They also share their Music with Senior Groups and Nursing Homes.
Members are Dean Baker on vocals and guitar, Ruby Baker with vocals, Lynn Holcom on bass and vocals, Mike Bentley with guitar and vocals, and Frank Hovis playing harmonica.
Each concert is free to the public to attend. The performances and dates are as follows:
• July 11 — Golden Steel
• July 18 — Susan Douglass Taylor
• July 25 — Jerry Sims and Kristi Hood (Jazz)
• Aug. 1 — Doug and Bunny Williams
• Aug. 8-9 — Newberry Community Players
Heather Hawkins, Box Office Manager at the Opera House also volunteers her time for the Newberry Community Players. Hawkins said the group will be performing one act plays on both that Friday and Saturday night (August 8-9) that are directed by ‘young directors’ that have been shadowing Director Ellen Hunt.
“It’s a neat way to have the directional training process, while having a good time in the park,” Hawkins said about the group’s opportunity to perform.
Following the concert series, the City of Newberry will be hosting a movie in the park on Aug. 15. The movie title and time have not been released yet.
Opera House Director Deborah Smith said she was just thrilled with the concert series in Memorial Park and is excited about the line-up that has been put together.
“I know of nothing that is more fun that bringing out a law chair and sitting in that gorgeous Memorial Square and watching the sun set,” Smith said. “I hope lots of people come.”