Summer Series Concert brings Community together

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Tastes of the summer: Eddie Lynch and John Bennett of Indigo Murphy’s Bar in Bay Ridge set up a spread of snacks.
Family time: Noelle and John Windram and their kids, 10-year-old Caitlin and 7-year-old Sean, relaxed on the lawn.
Sounds of the summer: Head Over Heels entertained Ridgites at the first concert of the summer at Shore Road Park.
Sounds of the summer: The band had the audience grooving.
Family time: Erin Moloney, Ashley Schillaci, 7-month-old Lucas, and 2-year-old Madison relaxed in style to catch the tunes.

The Ridge was rocking at the June 26 kickoff of the annual “Summer Concerts in the Park” in Bay Ridge, Marine Park, Gravesend and Dyker Heights. And it’s only the beginning.

There are concerts all summer long, through the end of August. These annual concerts have been going on for several years, bringing the community together for family-friendly fun.

The first concert, at Shore Road Park, brought the return of local band “Head over Heels,” yet again kicking off the summer series. Lead guitarist Eddy Sarkis loves these concerts, because his band travels all over the tri-state area to play weddings and club gigs, but the Bay Ridge concert is a homecoming.

“My band does concerts in New Jersey, Connecticut, and other places,” Sarkis said. “But it’s a great feeling performing in Bay Ridge. It’s nice to come home and see the whole community come out and enjoy.”

The free concerts, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) not only provide everyone that attends with a night of good music, but they inspire a greater appreciation of the neighborhoods where they live, said one attendee.

“The concerts in the park are a great opportunity for people of all ages in the community to enjoy local musicians and celebrate the great neighborhood they live in,” said Eri Maloney after the Shore Road Park concert.

Another attendee, who was born and raised in Bay Ridge, said she enjoyed the concert with her two kids and some friends, and that it was a great night that brought so many friendly neighbors together — of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties.

“[The concert] is a great way to get the kids outside,” said Ashley Schillaci. “My daughter loves to dance — and see the dogs, as well.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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