After the opening night of the Lakeside Concert Series, the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board is gearing up for another night of music, food and community.
Following the success of last week’s concert, held June 26 at Hillside Park, formerly known as the Abington Area Community Park, the sponsors and volunteers are ready for the next installment of the inaugural concert series.
Both Fidelity Bank and Quandel Construction Group, Inc. are providing sponsorship for this evening’s concert. The Abington Lions are preparing refreshments to be sold during festivities. Last week the Lions offerings featured all homemade items, from lemon and cherry pastries, to chicken spiedie sandwiches with herb mayonnaise and summer salads, in addition to burgers and hot dogs and other items.
Joann Marsili, the vice president and marketing and sales director for Fidelity Bank, said the recreation board contacted Trip Crowley about the possibility of Fidelity Bank sponsoring the concert. Crowley is the branch manager in Clarks Summit for Fidelity Bank.
Marsili said Crowley made a “big recommendation” that Fidelity sponsor a week of the Lakeside concerts.
But this is not the first time Fidelity Bank is getting involved with the recreation board. Marsili said the bank was involved with the building of one of the fields at Hillside Park.
She added that the bank is “very interested in making sure they’re [the AAJRB] as successful as they can be.”
This year is the first time the recreation board is hosting a concert series, and Marsili said it is “really important to support” events that involve many members of the community.
She added that events like the concert series bring the community together.
Kristy Jamison, a recreation board volunteer, has been creating the graphics and branding for the concert series. She created promotional materials, such as the billboard advertising the series.
Jamison first began volunteering for the recreation board when she was a student at Marywood University, and she helped the board with branding for various aspects of Hillside Park, such as the dog park.
Jamison said Diane Vietz, the recreation board vice chair and architect of the Lakeside Concert series, once again called upon her to create promotional materials and graphics for the event.
However, this week, Jamison will be expanding her role in the series by interviewing Retro Rocket, tonight’s featured band.
The interview will be aired on Electric City TV, a local channel.
Jamison said that the series has something to offer for every member of the community because the bands playing at the concerts represent a variety of genres. She added that the concerts are unique in that they occur midweek.
“I think it’s a really great event,” Jamison said of the concert series.