The unsettled sky that began the evening changed to delightfully pleasant and clear blue to end it at the Veteran's Park's 2nd Thursday Night Free Concerts. The clearing of the weather led to a slow but steady streaming in of the audience on the nicely kept green grass.
The talented singer, songwriter Jordan Levesque (an announcer had a problem with the pronunciation, but I'm a native Manchesterite) opened up the show while the sky cleared and people slowly kept meandering in. She kept them all entertained and singing along with the popular songs she performed and then ended her segment with her latest original per a request.
As one would think, at Veteran's Park there are many salutes, songs and thank you's to any and all Veteran's no matter who the acts are, but on the 39th Army Rock Band night there is always the National Anthem sung. It is one of my favorite parts of any of the shows. It was sung this year by the female singer of the band (wish I had her name, couldn't find it on the facebook site) and the feeling of patriotism from the audience standing, saluting and/or singing was strong and emotional.
After the National Anthem, the 39th Army Rock Band began their performance and at times even I...alone...in my booth had to dance! Big surprise to the people that know me...NOT! Earth, Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder songs will do that to me.
As the performance continued into the night, the band charmed the audience with favorites, beautiful ballads and tunes to rock the night away. The multiple singers and harmonies, the horns and all the other instruments were the total package. And....I think the female singer actually played the "portamento" (?) while the keyboard player was playing other chords......crazy band!
My customers that buy an item later in the night when it is pretty dark and the music is loud, I won't have a picture of and it's difficult to tell them about my blogs, but my customer, Stephanie, came early and she let me photograph her and her items. She bought a cute, white textured drawstring bag with a kind-of furry red weave lining and long strings, and also my favorite "Mom" bag from May with a red velvet outside and a white suede-like lining. Both inside and outside have an exquisite feel. The strings are short and I love the tiny satin rosebuds and gold bullion fringe.
Stephanie's friend, Elinor, walked up as she was finishing and as Elinor admired my rosebud heart, Stephanie purchased it for her! How nice! As I expand my heart designs, I always wanted to do flowers, especially roses, and this was new from June. I had done this poinsettia for the holidays. They are more intricate to do and what I am aiming for.
I would like to mention that any of the designs I show for my hearts can be special ordered. So, if you like something, send me a message/comment on this site or facebook and I'm sure we could work it out.
One thing I don't always mention is that there are multiple raffle giveaways for great items/gift certificates for a minimal price for tickets. Many of the tents set up offer free items also.
Intown Manchester, TD Bank, WZID, SNHU, and the City of Manchester are the great sponsors for these events and they deserve a Big Thank You!! There is one more Thursday night and two Saturdays left of these free concerts. Here is Intown's link: http://www.intownmanchester.com/ ,and the 39th Army Rock Band's https://www.facebook.com/39thArmyBand/ , the next Thursday band, Manchuka's facebook link :https://www.facebook.com/Manchuka-183001875078161/, and also Andy Kiniry's facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/andy.kiniry
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The excitement could be felt like electricity in the HHH air at the Veteran's Park 2017 Thursday opener, as well as in Heather Bishop's (WZID) ecstatic greeting on the stage before the entertainment. She had the crowd forgetting the heat and cheering for the music.
There were not many other vendors at this show, which left a lot of room for the crowd to fill the park in as can be seen in these photos.
The girls were so helpful to me in many ways and asked a lot of great questions about what I do. They helped a little bit with some customers, but still had fun.
I'm always looking for models and they were wonderful in helping me by modeling my bags. They're very natural and poised and full of color.
I do not choose to be a vendor at these Veteran's Park events for the big sales, I do it for the feeling of community and to connect with Manchesterites and enjoy the whole scene. My first sale was Lisa purchasing a small heart with a dot inlay, who allowed me to take her picture with the heart.
Some other sales were Sue and Bryan that I customized the small heart to be a necklace for Sue to enhance her lovely dress. Suzanne bought this fun bag from me that has purple, green and white furry polka-dots all over it.
The show began with the wonderful singer, songwriter Walker Smith. What a great performer and the crowd knew it and appreciated his music.
And then there was Foreigners Journey with their incredible energy which they transferred to the crowd with hands clapping, arms opening and crowd singing different parts of the beloved songs. You leave the show singing in your head "Don't Stop Believing" until your head hits the pillow.
Now that the concert season has begun, there's so much more to come! Here's the link to Intown Manchester's site:
If you can make any shows or all the shows, you really should, you won't be disappointed. They're FUN!
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