Set up your lawn chair, bring dinner and celebrate Flag Day with some patriotic music at an open-air concert in front of the Hunterdon County Historic Courthouse on Main Street.
The free concert will be on Friday, June 12th, (two days before Flag Day, which is actually Sunday, June 14th) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert will feature music from Marshall’s Dixieland Jazz Band, the Hunterdon Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus and the Whitehouse Wind Symphony.
The event is sponsored by the Flemington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with the Mediatech Foundation. Main Street will be closed from Court Street to Bloomfield Avenue from 6:30PM-9:30PM.
“The area in front of the Historic Courthouse is the perfect setting to celebrate American patriotism and a terrific venue for live music, as we proved with last year’s Central Jersey Jazz Festival,” said Megan Jones-Holt, BID Executive Director. “We invite the public to visit our local restaurants and bring a boxed dinner to enjoy while listening to some wonderful live music from three local groups.”
Participating restaurants for food “to go” include Jack’s Pizza, Gabby’s Pizza, Cocco’s, The Grill Shack, Blue Fish Grill, El Mariachi and The Latino Restaurant. Pre-ordered food to go can be purchased at The Market Roost and Teaberry’s. Call or visit their websites for details. 55 Main, Shaker Cafe, and Matt’s Red Rooster are open for dinner and are within walking distance. Don’t forget dessert after the show and stop by 16 Handles as they are open till 10pm.
Marshall’s Dixieland Jazz Band, one of New Jersey’s longest playing groups, will kick the evening off. The seven-piece band plays original New Orleans favorites, including “Up a Lazy River,” “Jada” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The band was started by retired Rutgers professor and piano player, Marshall Stalley, in 1982. Today, the band is comprised of amateur and professional musicians from around New Jersey. For more information, visit: www.marshallsband.com.
The Hunterdon Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus takes the stage at 6:45pm. The Harmonizers are an all-male a cappella singing group, located in Flemington. Performing together since 1984, they are a favorite among locals. The Harmonizers are dedicated to promoting and preserving this truly American art form known as barbershop harmony. For more information, visit: njharmonizers.org.
The Whitehouse Wind Symphony wraps up the program at 8 p.m. The band has prepared an exciting patriotic program that includes toe-tapping marches by John Philip Sousa. The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork in 1996. Since it’s founding, the Symphony has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. The group is now comprised of 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. For more information, visit: www.whitehousewindsymphony.org.
The free outdoor concert is a rain-or-shine event. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the courthouse with limited seating on a first-come basis. Lawn chairs and dinners will not be allowed in the courthouse.
Established in 2003, the Mediatech Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates in the second floor of the Flemington Free Public Library, offering maker activities, coding classes, homework help, computer access, and social video game play. For more information, visit: www.mediatech.org.
The Flemington BID is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the business district in the borough through revitalization, retention and recruitment. The BID hosts and supports a variety of events throughout the year to attract audiences from the New York and Philadelphia metro areas to Flemington to help stimulate the local economy and retain support for local businesses. For other events taking place this summer go to www.downtownflemington.com.