LAPORTE | Dr. Groovy and the Soul Surgeons will energize the atmosphere at Dennis Smith Amphitheatre in Fox Park, LaPorte, on Thursday evening. The entire family is invited to experience the excitement during the Arts in the Park event.
The not-for-profit rock-n’-roll band plays for charitable causes.
It began in 1996 as the “house band” playing for the Sock Hop, a benefit for LaPorte’s crisis pregnancy center. It has since become a LaPorte tradition, paying homage to the 1950s sock hops and offering a chance for adults and children to share the dance floor in an evening of fun. The Sock Hop currently supports Tri Kappa.
After that first dance, the band members realized their shared love for the music. They play everything from the Beatles to Linda Ronstadt, from Chicago to Earth, Wind and Fire, and from Wilson Pickett to Motown. The volunteers continue to provide music for various local venues and charity events.
This Thursday, Arts in the Park welcomes Dr. Groovy and the Soul Surgeons to return to its stage. The free hour-long concert begins at 7 p.m.
Pre-concert activities start at 6:30 with Patrick Watterson playing the keyboard, Tri Kappa Associates selling popcorn and drinks at “Poppin’ in the Park” concession stand, and Donna Sekula showcasing her work at the art exhibit.
At 6:50 p.m., Mary Allen will return to read poetry. Allen was the 2010 LaPorte County Poet Laureate and placed in that competition two other years. She works with Arts in the Park to schedule poetry readers. Once a correspondent for the LaPorte Herald-Argus Community section, Allen’s work can now be read online at thebarndoor.com and hoosierink.com. Her work will also be included in “Kernels of Hope,” an anthology of real-life miracles that will be released soon.
The City of LaPorte is sponsoring an Arts in the Park concert Wednesday. LaPorte City Band will offer a free hour-long concert that begins at 7 p.m.
Pre-concert activities start at 6:30 p.m. with Patrick Watterson playing the keyboard, LaPorte Service League selling popcorn and drinks at “Poppin’ in the Park” concession stand, and Donna Sekula showcasing her work at the art exhibit.
At 6:50 p.m., Mayme Stump will return to read poetry. She is in The Poetry Club, People to People, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Friends of the Symphony. She plays in the bell choir at First United Methodist Church and is the chairwoman for the women’s circle. Stump taught English at Boston and Kesling middle schools and LaPorte High School and taught English as a Second Language to adults from more than 25 different countries. She is the wife of retired attorney Perry Stump.
Because of many requests, the Arts in the Park directors are working on bus transportation to and from these concerts for senior citizens who are no longer driving. For those who are interested should this become available, please submit your name and address by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (219) 362-2558 or mailing Arts in the Park, Box 47, LaPorte, IN. There will be a reasonable fee should this service become available. Please make sure your name is on this list right away.
For more information about the Arts in the Park concert series, visit web site www.artsintheparklaporte.com or call (219) 363-9317 or (219) 362-2558. To help make Arts in the Park possible, please send donations to: PO Box 47, LaPorte, IN 46350.