Summers at South Valley Park concert series to see changes in 2019

On a typical summer Sunday evening, residents of Montgomery Village have the option to relax with good music, a picnic dinner and friends or neighbors in South Valley Park. This concert series has been a staple of Village summers for quite some time, and it’s about to get an upgrade.

As part of the Recreation Strategic Planning process, staff has taken a hard look at many activities, programs and offerings, and evaluated ways to improve resident experiences at each. The summer concert series is just one of those programs.

For the last several years, attendance during the 6 p.m. Sunday concerts has dwindled, sometimes with as little as 20 attendees. Based on the recent success of the Reagan Years concert at the end of the season, as well as a survey to gain feedback from residents, the Recreation Committee suggested modifications to the series, which were approved by the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors at their January 24 meeting.

For 2019 and beyond, concerts at South Valley Park will be scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings. Each year, rather than eight to ten performers, four signature performers will be secured, allowing more funds for bigger acts. In addition, other community events or performances, including the Montgomery Village Community Band, the Blue Notes and family movie nights will still be held.

The proposed signature concerts would be held on the second Saturday of June, July, August and September and feature beer and/or wine and food vendors.

The 2019 lineup has not been finalized. Stay tuned later this year for announcement of the full schedule, or check online at www.montgomeryvillage.com/events/summers-south-valley-park.

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