Date(s) - 08/01/2014
Murphys Community Park
Murphys Community Park, a place where family, friends, and visitors gather under the trees and beside the refreshing creek, will be filled with music this spring and summer when an assortment of free concerts, designed to satisfy every musical taste, is presented by the Murphys Community Club (MCC).
“We are fortunate to have this lovely park,” states club president Suzanne Friedman. “Through the efforts of volunteers, club members, and generous contributors we are able offer these events that are typical of small town America.”
First Fridays in the Park
The MCC’s popular series of First Fridays in the Park concerts will have its initial 2014 performance on June 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. During the series, the food hut will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. At each of these programs a specially prepared dinner, with an entree and appropriate side dishes, will be sold. Dinner tickets will be available at $10 per person starting at 5 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Local wines, along with soda and water, will be available to purchase.
The June program will actually be staged on the second Friday, June 13 to not compete with the Bret Harte High School graduation. The program will feature Bill Welles, on guitar, who will present a program of “Roots Americana,” predominately acoustic music. He will be joined by Ray Price, on drums, Fred Treece on guitar, and another musician on bass. Val du Vino winery will cater the meal and have their award-wining wines for sale. The menu will include Smoked Pork Loin with Orange Chipotle Sauce.
On July 4, the First Friday band will be The Stardust Cowboys. The group has been entertaining crowds throughout Northern California for the past 20 years at nightclubs, fairs, rodeos, regional concerts and cowboy events. Besides their well-received original material and country western dance music, the band’s specialty is cowboy and western swing. Lila & Sage will be preparing the dinner featuring Italian Sausage with Peppers.
August 1 will find Plan B, featuring Ken Rojas on guitar, Vince Rojas on bass, and Jim Bailey on drums taking center stage. Local favorites, they tailor their music to fit the audience with an emphasis on rock hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Sierra Hills & Natural Foods Market will be the caterer and will offer Barbecued Sliced Flank Steak or Chicken Breast.
Concluding the series on September 5 will be Chains Required, a band composed of top‐tier local musicians who really enjoy entertaining with tunes spanning from the 60’s to the present. Based in Sonora, they were named best local band in Tuolumne County by the Sierra Lodestar in 2010 and 2012. The dinner consisting of Baked Cheesy Pasta with Sausage will be created by Murphys Catering
The traditional Murphys Homecoming will be celebrated on Saturday, July 19. The Calaveras Community Band will kick off the festivities with a concert starting at 11:30 a.m. Other activities will include the Old Timers Luncheon for local residents who are at least 70 years of age and have lived in the area for ten years or more. The Community Club will have food and beverages for sale. A highlight of the event will be the greatly anticipated duck races that this year benefits the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation.
Music in the Parks
The Calaveras Arts Council’s Music in the Park will visit the Murphys venue on Wednesday, August 13. The Black Irish Band will be the featured performers. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes, in their repertoire. They excel at Irish and Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. The Community Club will be selling a $10 Chicken Marsala dinner, prepared by Murphys Historic Hotel, local wines and other beverages.
Labor Day Concert
Included in this year’s series of free summer musical programs will be a Labor Day concert by the Calaveras Community Band on Monday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. Conductor Mic Harper will lead the group in a program covering a wide range of concert band music. Concertgoers should bring a picnic supper. There will not be any food or beverages for sale in the park.
All these programs are presented without admission charge, but it’s fair to say that attendees will not be discouraged from making free-will offerings. It is the generosity of donors that helps the Murphys Community Club maintain its popular park, the Calaveras Arts Council to present its diverse programs, and the Calaveras Community Band to perform throughout the county.
Murphys Community Park is located on Algiers St. in historic downtown Murphys. Membership in the Murphys Community Club is open to everyone and contributions are tax deductible. For further information, go to the web site http://visitmurphys.com/about-murphys/murphys-community-club-and-park/ or call 728-8183.