by Peter Bodley
Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s annual free summer concert series will have sponsors this year.
Ray McManus, owner of the Shortstop Bar & Grill on Northdale Boulevard, has donated $7,500 to sponsor eight of the nine concerts this year.
“It is a wonderful and very generous gesture for an important summer event,” said City Manager Matt Fulton said.
According to Coon Rapids City Councilmember Scott Schulte, McManus’ substantial investment in the concert series is very much appreciated.
“The Shortstop means a lot to me,” Schulte said.
“And you can’t get a better burger in town than at the Shortstop,” said Councilmember Bruce Sanders.
The Minnesota Sinfonia concert July 12 will be sponsored by the Pentair Foundation.
The 2012 outdoor summer series will again take place at the performance pavilion in the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m..
There is one exception. The Thursday, June 21 concert featuring country performer and Coon Rapids resident Rockie Lynne will be at Sand Creek Park.
The 2012 schedule is:
• June 7 – Rockin’ Hollywoods, 1950s and 1960s music.
• June 14 – Dan Perry and Ice Cream, variety.
• June 21 – Rockie Lynne, country, at Sand Creek Park.
• June 28 – The Elvis Experience, a tribute to Elvis.
• July 12 – Minnesota Sinfonia, family pops concert.
• July 19 – Bill Koncar, accordion variety.
• July 26 – Island Time Band, island party/dance.
• Aug. 2 – Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, newgrass art-rock.
• Aug. 9 – The Hillbilly Mafia, top 40 country.
According to Kris Linquist, city deputy city clerk and staff liaison to the arts commission, Anoka County has once again agreed to waive the regional park parking fee for the concerts.
“The arts commission would like to recognize the assistance of the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department park rangers and other staff in presenting this series,” Linquist said.
During the concerts, Boy Scout Troop 524, Church of the Epiphany, will sell popcorn, candy, soda and water, while the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club will be selling food items such as hamburgers, hot dogs and brats.
“The arts commission appreciates the opportunity to continue presenting this series to the community,” Linquist said.
The commission, which is a volunteer advisory commission to the city council, plans arts events in Coon Rapids throughout the year.
Members include chairperson Mary Ann Kehn, Cindy Bornetun, Patty Sathre, John Kocon, Lewis Peterson, Jalai Laiel, Charlie Pitts, Kristin Shields, Jennifer Stone, Elaine Stulc and Jim Ulwelling.
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