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1st Fridays on the Lawn will start in August

June 27, 2014

By Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.

June 27--This year's 1st Fridays on the Lawn will kick off a month later than usual, but the season will still be packed with music, food and fellowship.

July 4 falls on a Friday this year, and organizers of the seasonal concert series, that usually runs from July to October, decided to forego this year's July concert, mainly because the Wilson Tobs have a big event planned.

"Every couple of years the 4th of July holiday overlaps with the concert series," said Theresa Mathis, event coordinator. "While we've tried several alternate formats in the past, this year we'd rather support the 75th anniversary celebration of the Wilson Tobs. They are a great community organization and a wonderful place for families to gather. Plus, they have fireworks!"

As in years past, this year's 1st Fridays on the Lawn concerts will feature a different style of music each month in the evening concert on the lawn of the Wilson County Public Library. The first concert, celebrating country music, is Aug. 1 with the Darrell Harwood Band. The Charlotte rock band PUSHH plays Sept. 5, and Carolina Soul Band wraps up the series Oct. 3 with some rhythm and blues.

This year's intermissions will include an international flair. Mathis said organizers are researching hula dancers, fire performers, stilt walkers, hoop spinners, belly dancers, snake charmers and more. If you have any of these skills and are interested in performing, contact the Human Relations Office. As the concert dates approach, performers will be announced, she said.

Local groups will be invited to once again participate in community booths, bringing awareness to a number of nonprofit organizations. Aug. 1 will be the annual National Night Out celebration.

Food vendors will also be on site again this year selling a variety of foods including hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, snow cones, churros, chicken, barbecue and fish. New vendors are always encouraged to apply.

And fun events will be planned for the children in the crowd.

Mathis said it's nice to see the same families come out each month to enjoy an evening on the lawn, including a gentlemen who comes from Greenville for every concert, but it also makes her happy when there are new people at the concert.

"To see those new faces each year is always exciting," she said.

Wilson's Human Relations Commission sponsors the free community concert series as a way to celebrate diversity through music.

1st Fridays on the Lawn is a free family-friendly event. All concerts are alcohol free.

For more information visit the 1st Fridays on the Lawn web page, or contact the Human Relations Office by calling 399-2308.


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