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Concerts a summer treat in Boonsboro

August 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO - She can hear the music from her porch, but Pauline Stevens, of Boonsboro, said she likes to walk across the street to Shafer Memorial Park for the town's summer concerts.

"As loud as it is, we can hear it over there," said Stevens, 71.

On Sunday evening, she and her husband, Robert Stevens, 75, sat together at a picnic table listening to Hosanna, a contemporary Christian band, and the Williamsport Community Band.

About 50 people sat on blankets and lawn chairs for the performances Sunday.

"If we're here, we come out," Pauline Stevens said. "We see friends and listen to the music."

Dolores Grim, 66, and her husband, Junior Grim, 66, both of Sharpsburg, said they usually attend the concerts in Boonsboro during the summer, but Sunday's was their first this year.

"It's so nice," she said. "We'll be here every week. It's a wonderful idea to put these on at the park."

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Both said they enjoy Christian music and were tapping their feet during Hosanna's performance.

"We appreciate the music, and it's nice to be (outside)," Dolores Grim said.

Charles Smith, 77, and his wife, Marian Smith, 77, both of Boonsboro, said they heard about Sunday's concert from their pastor, who announced it during church earlier that morning.

The Smiths attend Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rohrersville.

The Smiths said they sing in the church choir and enjoy Christian music.

"We'll be back for others now," Charles Smith said. "It's relaxing to come and listen to the music."

J. Gilbert Everline, 83, of Boonsboro, and his wife, Frankie Everline, said they enjoy outdoor music. They split their time in the summers between City Park in Hagerstown, where the Hagerstown Municipal Band performs, and Boonsboro's summer concert series.

"It's a civic thing, and I think it should be patronized," J. Gilbert Everline said. "It's enjoyable and good entertainment."

He said the pair also enjoys listening to the Williamsport Community Band, which they have seen perform at Williamsport High School.

Tara Funkhouser, 29, of Boonsboro, said she took her 2-year-old daughter, Grace Zimmerman, to Shafer Park to play when Grace decided she'd rather listen to the concert.

"We come to the park almost every day," Funkhouser said. "We (brought her tricycle), but she found the music more interesting."

Nancy Michael, 53, of Hagers-town, said she typically goes to every Williamsport Community Band performance to watch her son, Christopher Michael, 18. He has played the trombone in the band for about three years.

Sunday evening he was practicing with his new band, the Shepherd University Band in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He'll be a freshman at Shepherd in the fall, Michael said.

"Of course when he's here, I look for him (during the performance)," she said. "But wherever they are, I try to be there."

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