Summer Concert Series To Return To Bridgewater

Posted: July 1, 2014

Staff Writer

Twenty-six years ago, Rosetta Harris set out on a mission.

The Bridgewater Town Council representative noticed the dearth of activities available Sunday evenings throughout the summertime.

In response, Harris determined to give locals a fun, family-friendly activity.

“I wanted to do something for the citizens of Bridgewater and surrounding counties,” recalled Harris, who continues to serve on town council, now as vice mayor.  “I wanted to give them something they could enjoy.”

Ultimately, Harris decided to launch a concert series, during which performances would be offered Sundays for 10 weeks throughout the summer.

Now, nearly three decades later, the event series is still holding strong.

The series will return at 7 p.m. Sundays from July 6-Aug. 10 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17-31, with a final concert to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Labor Day. All events will be held at Oakdale Park in Bridgewater.

This year’s series will feature 10 local bands of varying styles and genres, beginning with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band, slated to perform opening night.

Since 1983, the HRCB has been a staple in the central Valley. With members ranging middle school students to seasoned veterans, the group highlights an eclectic mix of songs.

Other groups slated to perform includes the  Harrisonburg Harmonizers, the Walnut Ridge Boys, The Boogie Kings, and the 18-piece jazz band Just Jazzin, which is set to close out the series.

The Labor Day event will include carnival rides for children, food for purchase and entertainment.

Since its inauguration, the series has grown tremendously, according to Harris.

 “I’ve been quite surprised, over the years, how [Harris] will draw audiences of [300-500] people on a hot July summer evening,” said Bob Holton, Bridgewater town superintendent.  

“It’s been a huge success for the town and it’s something that is valued by everyone in the community.”

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