Ready for their 25th season!
By Doug Thompson
It all started on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Lions Pavilion in Zwick’s Park. Peter Rae and the REASONS, classic rock band, kicked off the first of a 22 concerts schedule. Then, on the following
Wednesday, Matt Cage and Derek Morris performed their tribute to ELVIS PRESLEY and JOHNNY CASH.
The concerts continue each Sunday and Wednesday evening through the end of August, with a break for the Waterfront Festival in July.
Of special interest to a younger audience is the June 26 concert at 6:30pm, featuring the SALINE FIDDLERS PHILHARMONIC, a 25-piece student band from Saline, Michigan. These musicians, all from Saline High School, will present an energetic show featuring a diverse range of music from folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western and celtic traditions with added vocals and step dancing.
The City of Belleville has thrown out the welcome mat to host these young musicians for an overnight stay in Belleville.
The summer concerts first started as a Centennial project back in 1967, and the Belleville Lions Club took over management of the concerts in 1994. 2019 marks the 25th year that the Lions have organized the Concerts, with co-operative assistance from City Parks staff.
The Lions Pavilion was officially dedicated in June 2011 and it remains probably the finest open air pavilion in the Quinte area. This summer, new washrooms will complement the facility. The Concerts are organized, managed and staffed by volunteer Lions members. The Belleville Lions Club is indebted to the many local businesses and community organizations that provide the financial support that make these Concerts possible.
While there is no admission charge to any of the Concerts, donations help the Lions carry on their support of many local community activities.
A complete schedule of Concerts can be found at concertsonthebay.ca or you can pick up a program at the Quinte Arts Council or Chamber of Commerce.
Come on out, bring the family and join in the fun. If you want a good seat, best come early. In fact, if you want a seat at all, better bring your own comfortable lawn chair. Hope to see you there!