The City of Aiken's 39th Annual Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert Series is just around the corner.
The concert series will open May 6 with a performance from the Aiken Concert Band, which will play some summer songs to get attendees in the mood for the upcoming season.
The May 6 show will be presented by Security Federal Bank. The Aiken Concert band is a nonprofit organization made up of residents from around the CSRA and was established more than 25 years ago.
The series will continue each Monday until the end of August, and concerts will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The concerts will be held at Hopelands on the Windham Performing Arts Stage.
Hopelands Gardens Supervisor Lisa Hall said it's hard to believe that it's that time of the year again and that the series is a summer tradition for many residents.
“It's the 39th year, and we're very excited about that,” said Hall. “We have some old favorites coming back and some new people coming in.”
Hall said one of the new shows will be the Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance that will perform traditional dance forms originating in Ireland. Hall added that there's a prospective concert in July in which classic country tunes will be performed.
Hall said she is hoping for some great weather this year.
“We're glad it's here and we definitely hope it's not as hot and not rainy so we can actually have an outdoor concert series,” Hall said.
If there is inclement weather, the concerts will be moved into the Odell Weeks Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road. Call the City Parks, Recreation and Tourism rainout hotline at 803-643-4661 for more information if there is a threat of rain on a concert night.
The event is free to the public. Food is allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. Well-behaved pets on leashes are permitted.
Public parking is available at the Green Boundary Club on Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens. Handicap parking is available at the Hopelands Gardens parking lot at 135 Dupree Place. Staff, performers and additional handicap parking is located at the Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road.
Parking is not allowed along the sides of Berrie Road or Dupree Place.
Hall added that they are looking for any volunteers who would be interested in learning the sound system. For more information, call 803-642-7631.