Sunday, 7 July 2013

Seven Sundays at Gage Park

You just know it's going to be a fun night in Hamilton when you combine a hot summer night, food trucks and a free concert in Gage Park. I couldn't begin to count how many people came out for the first in the "Seven Sundays" concert series taking place at Gage Park every Sunday evening throughout the summer, but I'm guessing 300 - 400 would be a good estimate.

People were so friendly and chatting with each other while waiting in line for dinner from either Willy's Hotdog Wagon or Karma ChaMEALeon, the vegan food truck.

There was also an ice cream wagon serving soft serve cones and sundaes plus a snow cone stand, although there was a refreshing cross breeze across the park and it was very comfortable. Karma ChaMEALeon was serving Veggie tacos, Sunshine burgers, Vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and veggie corndogs. These came with sides of coleslaw or fries.

At 7pm, the band for the night took the stage. The Dinner Belles are a six-piece group that are a little bit folk and a little bit country and a whole lot of fun. Their music was lively and the crowd was tapping their feet throughout and some even got up to dance.

One favourite of mine was when they did a rousing rendition of the Kooky Country classic "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road". I'll be humming that one for a while. Shortly after 8pm there were a few raindrops but people just pulled out their umbrellas and carried on. It never did start to shower and the band played until 8:20pm which is a very reasonable hour for those in attendance and those who live in the neighbourhood surrounding the park.

At one point I wandered over to the Gage Park rose garden and I could easily hear the band from there so it was nice to be able to move around and still enjoy the show. It was great to see people of all ages come out and having fun outdoors.

The concert series continues every Sunday evening in July and August with the food trucks at 6pm and the evening's band taking the stage at 7pm. It was confirmed at the end of the night that for the entire month of August, films would be shown at 9pm following the concert. For the full lineup or more info, please visit:  Coming up for the rest of July, the featured acts will be:

July 14 - The Silver Swing Big Band
July 21 - Dawn & Marra at 7pm followed by Terra Lightfoot at 8pm
July 28 - Matthew de Zoete

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