Broadway Celebrates Summer In The Park

Posted: August 20, 2014

Staff Writer

As the days turn shorter and the weather cooler, it’s getting harder to deny summer’s coming to a close.

In Broadway, however, the season will go out with a bang, as the Summer in the Park series will conclude with a grand finale from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Heritage Park.

Organized by the Broadway Hometown Partnership, the event will include food, drinks, entertainment and a cornhole tournament.

According to Judie Carnahan, the president of the BHP, the event is essentially a large picnic.

“It’s a really laid back, no pressure, let’s-just-all-get-together-and-have-a-good-time kind of event,” she summarized.

To mark the end of summer, Carnahan says leis will be passed out and a few new drink options, including Moscato and red wine sangria, will be added to the menu.

Other libations include craft beer from the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Starr Hill Brewery and Three Brothers Brewing.

Carnahan says the event is intended to help community members reconnect with old friends or neighbors.

“The emphasis is really not so much on drinking as on music and socializing. …  People might see people they haven’t seen in years, all the kids play together — it’s just a fun evening," she explained.

Though the BHP usually selects local bands to perform, Carnahan said the group decided to go a different route for the final show.

Full Moon Saloon, a Jimmy Buffet cover band from Charlottesville, is slated to perform.

“We haven’t ever done this type of music, so we thought it would be fun for a change," she remarked.

Carnahan added that the funds raised from the event will go towards building a permanent stage in Heritage Park.

“I think [Heritage Park] would be a great venue for other things beside beer and wine festivals,” she explained. “It would be a good place for any town event, or weddings and birthday parties — it would just be nice to have a permanent stage."

Summer in the Park will be held at Heritage Park on Turner Avenue.

Admission costs $5 for adults; children age 12 and younger admitted freely. Souvenir beer or wine glass costs additional $5.

For more information, call 896-4992 or email

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