"Concert music is good for sitting, but when they play music like this, you got to get up and move," she said.
Minutes earlier, the band
Mitchell found a patch of sand near a vending tent, where she and her friend,
"I would be professionally dancing if I could lose weight and be younger," Mitchell joked. "Dancing is in my bones. They'll probably have to nail down my coffin."
Organizers estimated more than 1,000 people attended the first of the summer's six scheduled Sunset Music Series concerts.
The concert, which began at
"A lot of red showed up on the radar, and we deemed it unsafe," DeMarco said.
Stormy weather prevented the second band, City Love Story, of
"I've always loved the beach, and it was great beach weather today, although the water may be too cold to go in," Chu said earlier in the evening.
Shortly before the concert began, a moment of silence was held in memory of
McDermott founded the concert series in 2005.
"You realize all the great things he's done for the park and we thought it was a very appropriate way to recognize him because this was his idea," DeMarco said.
"Steve was a huge music fan. It was his dream to have people come down here and be able to listen to music for free with their toes in the sand and the sunshine on their face," DeMarco said.
Some adults dipped their toes and feet into the chilly lake water. Snyder estimated the water temperature was in the mid-50s.
Some children braved the frigid water and swam.
"I don't know how they do it, but the kids will turn blue before they come out of the water," Snyder said.
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