ANGOLA - The schedule for the Wednesday evening Summer Lawn Chair Concert series at the William G. Houston Gazebo in Angola's Centennial Park has been completed. The year 2013 marks the 31st year of concerts in the park.
Centennial Park is located one block behind the post office and is bordered by High, Center and Park streets. The park is marked by a large blue and white banner which says "Welcome to the Village of Angola." Look for the colonial-style street signs that mark the intersections near the park. The rain location for the entire summer concert series will continue to be the nearby New Angola Theater located at 72 N. Main St.
On Wednesday, June 19, the concert series will open by featuring Crash Cadillac with vocals by Linda Giancarlo. This well-known group performs throughout Western New York and is sponsored locally by the Lake Shore Federal Credit Union. All concerts in the series are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 26, the Sunset Blue Grass Band will play, led by Peter Mirando of Angola and featuring music referred to as "American Roots." The Kickin' Rhythm Cloggers will perform during the band's breaks. The evening is sponsored by Schultz & Co. Hardware and Appliances, Angola's oldest business, established in 1861.
On Wednesday, July 3, Caribbean Extravaganza, a Calypso, Reggae and Island music group, will make their second appearance at the park. The evening is sponsored by Flex-O-Vit USA, Inc. The band has played locally at Captain Kidd's over the past several years and presents a fast-moving, colorful experience. They welcome audience participation.
On Wednesday, July 10, the Formula Band, Buffalo's Best Italian Band, will return to the park. As in the past, they will be sponsored by Chiavetta's Catering. The band plays traditional and modern Italian music, some of which they obtained from Italy during a recent trip.
On Wednesday, July 17, Cahal Dunne will present an outstanding professional Irish Stage Show. Cahal is returning to the park after an absence of several years, and will be welcomed by all who have been asking "When is that Irish man from Pittsburgh coming back to Angola?" He is being sponsored by the Evans Township Lions Club, Inc. The Lions support many community activities, including the Veterans' Park on Erie Road in Derby and their long-standing association with people who need eye exams, eyeglasses contact lenses and hearing aids.
On Wednesday, July 24, Twenty Three Skidoo, featuring the Oldies, New Orleans Style, will perform. The group features Jayd Mollnar on trumpet. The evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Village, a group that organizes various activities in the Village of Angola throughout the year. They raise money for the hanging flower baskets placed throughout the village, coordinating planting and taking care of flowers at the base of the trees along N. Main St. and Commercial St., and plant and maintain flowers in the planter boxes along the streets. The organization has over the past 10 years planned and presented the yearly "Christmas in the Village" program for community children.
On Wednesday, July 31, Stone Row will present Celtic and World Music. This is a new group for the Gazebo. They are well-known throughout Western New York, especially in Irish music circles. The evening is sponsored by Newcomb-Long Post 928 of the American Legion.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Queenstown Swing, formerly known as the Eddie O Band will present music of the Big Band era. This group is new to the park and in addition to the band, they feature three female vocalists with many of their songs. The evening is sponsored by Goya foods Great Lakes and the American Musicians' Union. Goya Foods, and prior to their arrival in the community, the Bison Canning Company, have sponsored the concerts at the park every year the series has taken place.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, after a lengthy absence from the park, Creek Bend, presenting Blue Grass and more, is returning to the Gazebo. The group features the Panfil Brothers from the community and is under the direction of Richard Schaffer, previously an assistant principal at Lake Shore Central Middle School. The evening is sponsored by the Lake Shore Teachers Association.
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Frankfurters Band, park favorites referred to as a "German Band Show," will be sponsored the Evans Bank, which was founded in 1920 in Angola, and by the Evans Insurance Agency. The group presents a wide variety of music from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. The Frankfurters have played throughout Western New York, Southern Ontario and Pennsylvania, and conducted a 10-day tour of Southern Germany and Switzerland several years ago.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Judd Sunshine, a well-known Western New York group, will present a terrific mix of ballads to blues from the '50s on. The evening is presented by the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee as a thank you to the audiences who have come to the park for the last 31 years.
Girl Scouts from the Brant-Evans area coordinated by Tony Flickinger will again operate the refreshment stand during the summer concerts. The ice cream man and his truck are expected to make a stop at the park each Wednesday evening as he has done for the past several years.
A handicapped accessible drinking fountain is installed in the park. Handicapped parking is available off Center and High streets for early arrivals. A handicapped accessible restroom, which is kept clean and locked when the park is not in use, will be open and available. Flowers at the park are planted by Caryl Youngers of the Bella Terra Greenhouse. The hanging baskets at the Gazebo are through the courtesy of Caryl, who is a member of the Park and Gazebo Committee.
A 50/50 drawing is held each week with tickets sold during the time the bands are on break. New Era caps are also given away each week during the drawing. The caps are provided by the world-known New Era Cap Company based in Buffalo, which operates their major manufacturing plant in Evans Center.
Members of the Park Committee water the hanging baskets, the rose bushes and the flowers at the base of the Gazebo every day during the summer season. The weekly mowing and general maintenance of the park grounds is handled by the Village Department of Public Works. Raymond Ashton is the crew chief. The Angola Fire Department and Chief Chuck Carlson are asked to water the grass when it is necessary during very dry weather.
Posters are being distributed throughout the community. Watch for weekly public announcements about the concert and sponsors. Call the Angola Village Hall at 549-1126 regarding use of the Park and Gazebo for special events, programs and weddings.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the concerts.