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The first “Free on Friday” concert of the 2014 season will be held May 30 at the Atherton Amphitheater. Submitted photo.
The first “Free on Friday” concert of the 2014 season will be held May 30 at the Atherton Amphitheater. Submitted photo.
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Editor’s note: This article is the fifth in a six-week series published Tuesdays in the Herald. Articles are supplied by the Fairborn Park Foundation to help inform readers of the opportunities and activities offered by the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division.

FAIRBORN — Music and laughter bring a busy week to a happy close. Music is a vital part of the Parks and Recreation summer programming, with the “Free on Friday” concert series, July 4th holiday events and the Fairborn Jazz Festival.

The Free on Friday events begin on Friday, May 30 and end Friday, July 25, providing nine musical programs beginning at 7:30 p.m. each week at the Atherton Amphitheater, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.

For those who are new to the Free on Friday events, after entering Community Park follow the main road to the right and continue as it rolls left towards the woods. The amphitheater and parking lot will be on the left. Seating is provided on built-in concert seating. It’s perfectly fine to bring a folding chair if you prefer. Pillows and blankets are welcome, too.

The Free on Friday concert schedule for the 2014 season is as follows:

  • May 30 - The Ohio Valley British Brass Band
  • June 6 - Sauerkraut German Band
  • June 13 – Finton/Collins & the Nite Lights
  • June 20 - Dixie Ryders followed by a new family friendly, Community Movie Night
  • June 27 - Kettering Civic Band
  • July 4 - To be announced by the Fairborn July 4th Festival Committee
  • July 11 - Fourth Avenue
  • July 18 - Just-n-Tyme
  • July 25 – Fairborn Civic Band

Celebrating the 4th of July

The annual Family Block Party will take place from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, July 3 in downtown Fairborn. This will also be the Heritage Celebration on Main Street and at the Mercer-Smith Log Cabin. There will be hay wagon transportation from the block party to the Mercer Smith Home through-out the party. Historical tours and entertainment of the time period will be free to all. Main Street will have live music, carnival rides, and more than 60 vendors with food, crafts, and products for sale.

Fairborn’s 67th annual July 4th Parade will take place Friday. Bring a chair and find a place on Central Avenue and Main Street in time for the 10 a.m. start. The parade forms in the parking lot at the Fairborn Plaza shopping center on Broad Street. At 10 a.m. the parade starts by marching down Broad Street to Central Avenue and right on Main Street. There are over 100 entries every year, including marching bands, equine clubs, community organizations, youth sport teams, regional churches and everyone who wishes to join. There are 14 award categories including float judging, marching judging, and equine judging. Bring a hat, umbrella and hopefully sun screen; this is a rain or shine event.

To complete the day, the community should pause to appreciate our nation — its beauty, its history, its accomplishments, and its generosity. Starting at 5 p.m. July 4, there will be free entertainment and activities for all. There will also be food vendors on site. Bring your chairs and blankets. At 10 p.m. enjoy a spectacular fireworks show with friends and family. Children of all ages will be enchanted with the wonderful colors and patterns in the sky.

A Day of Jazz

Summer activities come to a close very early in August, but before school resumes Fairborn gets to enjoy a day of jazz with the Second Annual JazzFest on Saturday, Aug. 2. Starting at 12 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m. the public is encouraged to be part of the music being played at Central Park, 300 S. Central Ave., from the Harry Smith Band Stand.

Bands already scheduled to perform: Razzamatazz & Jazz, The Brian Cashwell Trio, and Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers. Watch the city website, www.ci.fairborn.oh.us for further information about additional groups who will be entertaining you.

Food vendors will be on the premises to make sure your stomach is full and thirst is quenched. With limited bleacher seating, please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. The atmosphere is casual. You may come and go as you see fit. The sprayground will be open, so bring your kids and their bathing suits. The Fairborn Performing Arts and Cultural Association in partnership with the City of Fairborn are co-sponsoring this musical treat. All the music and playground/sprayground fun is free.

Next Tuesday’s article will highlight how the “Parks and Recreation make life better.”

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