An Evening in the Park

posted by Sharon September 14, 2015 16 Comments
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Saturday in the park,
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing.
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For Saturday,
Saturday in the park.
— Chicago

One of the fun times my family enjoys during the summer is a concert and picnic in a local park. We try to get people together at least once during the season to enjoy the music, the outdoors, and the camaraderie as the community gathers.

This year, the Marine Band played old favorites.

Folks arrived by car and bicycle.

And segue!

Of course there was food in lovely spreads throughout the park.

Flags and red, white, and blue were everywhere, even though it was weeks after the Fourth of July.

Kids and dogs hung out, playing and running.

Towards the end of the concert, the band played a medley of songs from each branch of the military. Those who served stood for their song.

During the Marine’s Hymn, the man sitting near me slowly rose and stood at attention. I wonder what memories went through his mind.

Summer concerts are over now. We head into autumn. I’m already looking forward to next summer, though, and times in the park, with people dancing, laughing, and leaning into life.

How about you? What’s a favorite summer activity you treasure?

Linking up with Image-in-ing, Little Things Thursday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.  Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where my song choice is “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago.

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16 Comments

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tom the backroads traveller September 15, 2015 at 12:12 am

A great part of summer.

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image-in-ing September 15, 2015 at 12:34 am

A wonderful community event – such a nice evening, I’m sure.
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/nighttime-paddle-on-jordan-lake.html

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John Milnes September 15, 2015 at 12:59 am

This looks like a great P.A.R.T.Y in the park. I wish I could have popped over the Pond to visit this.

Thanks for sharing.

John

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Karen, Pixel Posts September 15, 2015 at 4:59 am

Concerts in the park are so much fun! Great shots of everyone enjoying the event!

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NIcki September 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

We do this in the housing division (on a smaller scale, and without the band, but with fireworks). I really need to insert myself back into attending – family trips and outings generally make us unavailable.

Wonderful observations.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Such a fun song – looks like a fun time, too!

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Kim September 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I love the concerts in the park, we have those here as well. Sadly, I was not able to attend as many as in previous years. I love your pictures of the bikes. And the segue… that’s a new one, I haven’t seen those at our concerts, YET!

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Claudia September 16, 2015 at 2:49 am

Looks like a wonderful happening (do you even say that in English? – I’m sure you know what I mean). Yeah, music can bring back a lot of memories, I hope the ex-marine’s ones were good ones…

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carolina September 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Aw!!!! you gave me goose bumps! Loved this post… you transported me there! And that black and white pic… the best!

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Lisa @ SLP September 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

This looks super fun, you captured the even so well.

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Kathy September 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm

What a cute mug on that pooch’s face! Thanks for linking up to Song-ography.

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Anne@GritandGiggles September 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm

That looks like a fun, family gathering. That picture in b&w of the man standing is wonderful, great perspective.

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Cathy September 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Great photos!! Some of the photos remind me of Renoir’s painting Sunday in the Park. Very nice! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Snap September 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

What fun! My favorite time of summer is when it is over… I just don’t like the heat. I do get a lot done — my hibernation time. I watched all the festivities for the fourth on TV. Fun post and love the pup!

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kim September 22, 2015 at 12:09 am

This looks like such a fun, and festive day!

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NatureFootstep Bildverstan September 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

Chicago? It reminded me of Honolulu 🙂

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I want to let you know I have a photo art meme and that you are welcome to join if you still creates art. I call it NF DAM as in Digital Art Meme. You can use textures or do anything else if you wish.

You are welcome to check it out. Last one, opened a few hours ago, is this one:
http://nfverk.blogspot.se/2015/09/nf-dam-166-wall-of-art.html

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