WINSTED — For many years, local organization Friends of Main Street held free concerts at East End Park during the summer. The streak of concerts ended last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused live concerts all around the world to halt.
On Thursday, July 15, the park came alive again with music from Jr Krauss and the Shakes.
The blues band was the first in this free summer concert series which is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank, which has sponsored the series from the very beginning.
Over 100 people attended the event, with many of them dancing as the sun slowly set over East End Park.
“It feels so great to have live music back at East End Park,” Friends of Main Street volunteer and Vice President Bob Beck said. “I’m hoping to get more people out here over the next few weeks. The reason why it has gone on for so many years is due to the generous contributions of Northwest Community Bank. They have sponsored us every year so we can pay the bands.”
Beck said that this year’s concert schedule will include a variety of acts and artists who will play every Thursday during the summer at 7 p.m. at East End Park.
However, the concert will be canceled if rain or bad weather occurs on that Thursday.
“It’s great to be back in operation,” Friends of Main Street Fran Delaney said. “It’s great to have the opportunity to present free events for the town and get the community back out and enjoying life. I’ve missed seeing live music in town for a very long time and we have spectacular nights ahead of us. It’s about enjoying the music, but it’s also about the spirit of enjoying other people’s company again.”