NEW BRITAIN - The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is again offering a concert series every Wednesday in June at Central Park.
The concerts will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Central Park has long been a gathering place for our community,” Mayor Erin Stewart said. “I’m excited that the afternoon music series has returned this year and I encourage everyone get downtown to enjoy it.”
Central Park will also host vendors promoting community wellness during the concerts, including the American Red Cross and Community Health Centers. The Red Cross will be conducting blood pressure readings and blood donor signups, while Community Health Centers will have an information booth.
The first concert will be this Wednesday, and feature Rock Solid Alibi. The remaining concerts are:
June 13: Whiskey Wine and Coke.
June 20: Caribbean Vibe.
June 27: Dr. Ya Ya’s Gumbo Party.
“Great entertainment will be provided for two hours for those who want to come out and enjoy their lunch in a beautiful park setting,” Erik Barbieri, director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, said.
June will not be the only summer month with things to do at lunchtime.
New Britain Roots and the city will be offering farmers markets and downtown markets from July to November.
The first farmers market - a mobile market going to several locations - will be on July 9. Downtown markets at Central Park will start July 11.
Some of the locations of the mobile market will be the New Britain HRA on Clinton Street, Lincoln Elementary School at 145 Steele St., and the Community Health Center.
The purpose of these markets is to encourage New Britain residents to buy local, fresh food and to increase the revenue of local farmers, Joey Listro, executive director of New Britain Roots, said.
Listro added that he wants to offer healthy food options to neighborhoods that may not have a nearby grocery store.
SNAP can be used both in the mobile and downtown markets. Credit cards will also be accepted.
The confirmed farmers this year for the mobile market are Beckett Farms, Dondero Orchards, Berger Nursery and Garden and Urth Farms.
This is the third year for downtown market and the fourth year for the mobile market.
Organizers are still working on finalizing this year’s schedule.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Services department can be reached at 860-826-3360 or at .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.