04 Jul 2016
July 4, 2016

4th of July in the Village

The Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series continues on Monday, July 4th, with spirited concert band music from the ever popular Village Band. Join your friends at 1:00pm at the Rotary Bandstand in the Village of Arroyo Grande to kick off your day with two sets of rousing patriotic music. The South County Historical Society will set the mood with traditional red, white and blue decorations, period costumes and BBQ. The festivities will also shine a spotlight on concert sponsor Mullahey Ford and the Arroyo Grande In Bloom nonprofit organization. Linda Osty will again provide a table for attendees to write postcards to US troops stationed overseas. The Village Marketplace vendors will be displaying antiques on the lawn. A big nonprofit raffle and free tours of historical buildings in Heritage Square Park will also be available. This free Series is presented by the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association and the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department. Rabobank again joins these organizations as the Featured Series Sponsor.

The Village Band under the direction of Gary Thompson will be featured and will perform a wide variety of traditional band music, John Philip Sousa marches and inspirational patriotic songs. The 30 member band is comprised of some of the area’s best musicians and has been assembled by Gary specifically to play this show each of the last eighteen years. Gary is a well known local musician and educator and was the long time Director for the Allan Hancock College Concert Band. He is also a board member for the South County Education Foundation, a noted parade emcee and established voice talent for regional TV and radio spots.

The featured nonprofit organization at this show will be Arroyo Grande in Bloom. This popular group organizes individual residents, city employees, business organizations and civic groups in projects that beautify and improve the appearance of Arroyo Grande. In addition to improving its community, completed and ongoing projects are entered into a contest in which the local group competes against similar sized cities for national and international recognition based upon eight categories: tidiness, environmental effort, community involvement, heritage, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf & groundcovers and floral displays. AGIB representatives will be on hand July 4th to disseminate information, enlist sponsors, sign up volunteers and sell, raffle and give away numerous plants!

A special activity has been added for the remaining VSCS shows this summer! The Village Summer Concert Series in coordination with Arroyo Grande Recreation Services and Village Antique Mart will present “The Village Marketplace”, an outdoor “Event Style” experience held at the Heritage Square Park, with a focus on antiques, vintage and handmade goods. Attendees are invited to listen to the wonderful music while browsing for antiques, vintage lovelies, quirky collectibles, and wonderfully handmade and artfully crafted items. A number of vendor will be on hand before, during and after the show from 11am until 4pm. Additional vendors are welcome and should call 489-6528 to sign up. This activity benefits the AG Recreation Department’s Children’s Programming. “The Village Marketplace” has a page on Facebook!

The Concert Sponsor for this show is Mullahey Ford. For decades Mullahey Ford has been dedicated to not only providing award winning sales and service for its customers, but to its community as well. Mullahey Ford is proud to support local sports programs, schools, nonprofits, and events like the Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series. Visit Mullahey Ford today, just off the 101 on Traffic Way in Arroyo Grande. Mullahey Ford, your home town dealership, were we say yes. Mullahey employees will be displaying several new Fords in Heritage Square Park during the concert.

Overall series sponsor Rabobank has supported the Village Summer Concert Series since its inception in 2006 and its charming representatives greet concert attendees at most shows! Major media sponsors for the 2016 Series are KSBY-TV, Big Big SLO, and the family of Tolosa Press papers: the Coast News, the SLO City News and the Bay News.

These free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park from June through September. The South County Historical Society’s famous all beef hot dogs, Doc Burnstein’s ice cream novelties, popcorn, drinks and more are available at the shows. Special raffles benefitting the Featured Nonprofit Organizations and various displays will further enliven the concerts. Music fans can also visit the on site The Village Marketplace and explore Heritage Square Museums, antique shops and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their friends and neighbors to enjoy the afternoons under the sun!

Refer to www.facebook.com/AGVillageConcerts and AGVillageConcerts.com or call 805-473-2250 for more information on the Village Summer Concert Series and the VIA’s other community events.