Shepherdstown concert sings parks' praises

September 05, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The sounds of jazz, trains and a late summer breeze created a calm atmosphere Saturday at Rumsey Memorial Park.

Carl Moore, special projects coordinator for the Shepherdstown Rotary, said the concert was designed by Rotarians to raise public interest in the town's five parks.

"We felt that people need to be aware this park is even here," Moore said. "That was one of our goals -- just to raise awareness."

Moore said although admission was free, proceeds from raffle ticket sales would be used to pay for security cameras and other improvements at the park.


Rotarians also sold beer and food to raise money.

Concertgoers ranged from retirees to young hippies who sat on lawn chairs and listened to the sounds of four bands, including the Shepherd University Jazz Combo. Some people picnicked on blankets as a stray dog sought attention among the crowd.

Winnie Bernat and Mary Stanley of Shepherdstown said they came to the event to take advantage of the nice weather and to hear a little jazz.

"I think it's a great thing for the community," Stanley said. "There's a lot of stuff going on in this town. There's a lot to pick and choose."

Shepherdstown resident Lynn Shirley said he started listening to jazz more than 50 years ago.

He said he was surprised by the musicianship of the local bands.

"The sax player is really outstanding," Shirley said of the Shepherd University Jazz Combo. "It's good music and a beautiful day."

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