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HAVELOCK CONCERT IN THE PARK – Summer Music Series

By Drew C. Wilson as published in The Havelock News

Dancing and drumming will kick off this year’s Music in the Park summer concert series Thursday at Havelock City Park.  The free performances are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday in August.

A local troupe, the Rhythm-Cize dancers, is scheduled to kick off the series on Thursday night. 

“For the performance, we’re going to do a variety of dances,” group leader Cora Green said. “We’re going to do jazz, spiritual lyrical, African rhythms, line dancing and Hawaiian dances.” Green said the group consists of nine dancers, one as young as 6 years old. She said the group has performed at a variety of charity events in Craven and Carteret counties. After the 30-minute dance program, the Korean Drummers, based in Jacksonville, are scheduled to take the stage at the park.

“They are a group of kids that drum in time and they are fascinating to listen to,” said Helen Emerson, head of the Havelock Cultural Arts Committee that puts on the annual series. “They march in time and are just outstanding.”

Emerson said the series has been going on for about 25 years. The committee gets support from the city and a Grassroots Program Fund grant administered through the Craven County Arts Council and Gallery to put on the series. Emerson said the events are good opportunities for fellowship.

“Meet your neighbors, listen to different styles of music and utilize the city park,” she said. “Bring a chair. Bring a picnic dinner. Sit and meet your neighbors. No television.”

The Aug. 15 performance is entitled “Pickin’ in the Park,” a jam session for people who play guitars, banjos, violins, harmonicas and mandolins.

“If you play, step up and play with them,” Emerson said. “Everyone is invited to join in with them.”

On Aug. 22, gospel singers from area churches will perform religious-themed music.

The last performance of the year will be by the New Bern bluegrass group “Unshackled.”

In the event of rain on the evening of a performance, it will shift inside to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

For more information on the Music in the Park series, call 447-3763 or 447-3259.