Annual concert series kicks off at Hopelands Gardens
It's almost time to pull out the blankets and lawn chairs again for the City of Aiken's 40th Annual Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert Series.
2014 Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert schedule:
• May 5 – Aiken Concert Band – sponsored by Security Federal
• May 12 – South Boundary – sponsored by Daybreak Adult Care
• May 19 – Aiken Community Playhouse – Youth Wing Broadway Bound spored by Cumberland Village
• May 26 – Aiken Civic Ballet
• June 2 – Jessye Norman School of the Arts
• June 9 – Maureen Simpson/Aiken Choral Society sponsored by the Friends of the Hopelands & Rye Patch
• June 16 – Preston & Weston featuring Sandra Simmons
• June 23 – Funtastics with the CSRA Shag Club sponsored by Vikki Crossland, aikenhomes.com
• June 30 – Aiken Brass sponsored by Center for Primary Care
• July 7 – Parris Island Marine Band sponsored by the Screenprint Factory (shuttle available)
• July 14 – Oliver West and 39 Express sponsored by Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail
• July 21 – James Brown Band spored by Cumberland Village
• Aug. 4 – HIT String Bank (Hillbillies in Training)
• Aug. 11 – Ft. Gordon Concert Band sponsored by Hearing Associates of S.C.
• Aug. 18 – Southern Knights sponsored by the Academy for Lifelong Learning at USC Aiken
• Aug. 25 – Aiken Concert Band sponsored by Security Federal (This concert begins at 6:30 p.m.)
The concert series will kick off on May 5, with a performance by the Aiken Concert Band, 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.
“This is the 40th anniversary, so I think that's pretty significant,” Lisa Hall, supervisor of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum, said. “We do have several new musical groups, and a lot of them are younger, which I think is a good thing.”
The free concert series continues each Monday until the end of August, and all concerts will begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All concerts will be held at Hopelands Gardens on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage.
Those in attendance should bring a lawn chair or blanket, and picnic dinners are permitted on the property. However, alcohol and wine are strictly prohibited. Well-behaved pets are welcome, and must be on a leash at all times.
Public parking will be available at the Green Boundary Club at 780 Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens. Handicap parking is also available at the Hopelands Gardens parking lot at 135 Dupree Place. Performers, staff and additional handicap parking is located at the Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road.
Parking will not be allowed along the sides of Berrie Road or Dupree Place.
A shuttle from the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Ceramics Center parking lot on Two Notch Road will run to Hopelands Gardens on July 7.
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved into the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road, in Gym 2. Call the City Parks, Recreation and Tourism rainout hotline at 803-643-4661 for more information if there is a threat of rain the night of the concert.
“We want everyone to come out, and you really can't beat seeing performances on a Monday night,” Hall said. “And you don't have to pay to hear the quality of music we're going to be having.”
Sponsors are still needed for the various performances. Any businesses interested should call 803-642-7650 or email Hopelands_Rye_Patch@cityofaikensc.gov.
For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit www.facebook.com/experienceaiken.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.