Music lovers will be happy to know that the Verona Community Associations free summer concert series has returned for another season at McMullen beach in Verona. Famed flautist Anne Archer who also plays locally with opened the season with the first concert in the series that took place on June 29 on a hot and windy day at the beach where she was joined on her flute and tin whistle by two members of the Celtic Kitchen Party's Andrew Vanhorn of Kingston on lead vocals and guitar and Ted Hsu also a Kingstonian on fiddle.
The groups performed their celtic flavoured repertoire that included a number of beloved singalong tunes including The Irish Rover, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Rattlin' Bog, and Dirty Old Town brought out the Irish in many listeners who sang along on many tunes. The trio played two sets and their laid back charm and their perfect blend made for a memorable day of high quality music at the beach. Members of the Verona Community Association offers up a canteen at the concerts where hot dogs and cold beverages are available as well as free train rides for kids on the VCA's Cattail express. The series' two upcoming concerts include Chuckwagon Express who will be performing their repertoire of classic and traditional country music on Sunday July 20. Rock and rollers The Monarchs will performing classic rock from the 1960's- 1980's at the final concert in the series that will take place on Sunday August 17.
The concerts take place at in Verona at McMullen beach from 1:00-3:00Pm and in case of heavy rain or thunderstorms will be moved to the Verona Lions hall on Verona Sand Road. For those who missed the first concert of the VCA series, Anne Archer will also be performing with her classical group CACCIA at the Mill Street Cafe in Sydenham on Saturday July 5 from 11:45 AM-1:45PM and again with her four piece flute quartet Toute Ensemble for an afternoon of music and poetry at The Book Store in Tamworth on Sunday July 6 at 2:00PM.