Outdoor films, concerts set for Lacey this summer

17th season of entertainment at Huntamer Park kicks off Tuesday; former ‘Idol’ contestant Urban will play Aug. 10

Staff writerJune 24, 2013 

Lacey will kick off its 17th summer of outdoor entertainment at Huntamer Park this week, including concerts, movies and children’s program series.

Lacey recreation supervisor Jeanette Sieler said highlights of the lineup include the I Corps Army Band on July 3, former “American Idol” contestant Tim Urban on Aug. 10, Elvis Presley impersonator Danny Vernon with a screening of 1961’s “Blue Hawaii” on July 20, and a double feature movie on Aug. 10.

The events typically attract between 300 and 1,000 people. Attendance at the noon Wednesday concerts has slid over the years, while the Saturday night concerts have become more popular, Sieler said.

“Our Wednesdays are down somewhat because there are not as many businesses around the park,” Sieler said. “Originally we started it to take advantage of all the state offices that surrounded Huntamer Park, and a lot of those aren’t full now.”

Attendance was above average last year thanks to sunny skies, but rain doesn’t stop the events.

“We go on rain or shine,” Sieler said. “We put up tents if the weather looks inclement.”

The events cost about $16,000 annually, paid through city funds and sponsorships.

Huntamer Park is at 618 Woodland Square Loop.

Here’s the schedule of the various entertainment series:

CHILDREN’S SERIES

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Ropeworks, an interactive jump rope show.

July 2: Reptile Man, a hands-on reptile program.

July 9: Ian Dobson, steel drum party.

July 17: Buck and Elizabeth, a musical comedy show.

July 23: Brownsmead Flats, stringband music.

July 30: Recess Monkey, a family dance party.

Aug. 6: Henrik Boothe, physical comedy.

LACEY IN TUNE

Summer concerts are offered at noon Wednesdays and at 7 p.m. Saturdays.

The Wednesday lineup is:

Wednesday: Scott Cossu, contemporary original music, blues and jazz.

July 3: I Corps Army Band.

July 10: Abbey Road Live: Beatles tribute.

July 17: 133rd Rock Band, American pop.

July 24: Men of Worth, a Scottish and Irish folk duo.

July 31: Wally & the Beaves, ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll.

Aug. 7: Geoffrey Castle, violin.

The Saturday lineup is:

July 13: Bottle Rockit, rock and surf tunes.

July 20: Danny Vernon, Elvis Presley impersonator.

July 27: High Rollers, ’70s and ’80s music.

Aug. 3: Stoddard & Cole musical comedy show.

Aug. 10: Tim Urban, former “American Idol” contestant.

OUTDOOR CINEMA SERIES

Films are screened at dusk Saturdays, after the Saturday evening concerts.

July 13: “The Lorax” (PG).

July 20: “Blue Hawaii” (PG).

July 27: “Wreck it Ralph” (PG).

Aug. 3: “Here Comes the Boom” (PG).

Aug. 10: Double feature: “Captain America” (PG-13) and “The Avengers” (PG-13).

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