Band rocks lunchtime at New Britain's Central Park

Published on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:10
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - New Britain residents and workers enjoyed some rock ‘n’ roll with their lunch Wednesday at the kickoff of the second annual June concert series at Central Park.

While many were happy just to sit in the sunshine and eat, others got up and danced to the music of Rock Solid Alibi.

The band played from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Zeena Tawfik, the city’s director of youth and family services and program manager of community services, was pleased with the turnout and said public response of the concerts is growing.

“I’m glad the weather is nice. We’ve had quite a few people come out already,” Tawfik said.

The event included the G Monkey food truck, which served vegan and organic food from the G Zen restaurant in Branford.

The truck will be in Central Park every other Wednesday through August, during the concerts and the farmers markets.

The meals are made from scratch, including the ketchup. G Zen grows its own vegetables at a farm in Durham.

In addition to the concerts and food, 14 wellness vendors will be present throughout the summer, but not all of them will be in Central Park every Wednesday.

Some of the vendors in attendance Wednesday were CMHA, United Way and 7-Eleven, which was giving away samples of energy drinks.

Another vendor was the recently renovated Wave Car Wash, telling the lunchtime crowd about discounts being offered.

Craig Frederick of New Britain said he enjoyed both the vendors and the music, adding that he is proud of the city for hosting events like this.

“New Britain is getting better and better every day. I love it,” Frederick said. “It’s so easy to get here and come down for the music and good food.”

Another concert attendee said the lunchtime concert was a good place to relax, adding that the city should do more events like this.

“We pay a lot of taxes, so they should entertain us,” Mitchell Crosswell said.

Deivone Tanksley, a local business owner, said he participated in the concert series last year and plans to attend this season.

“We need more consistency on these events,” Tanksley said.

At next week’s lunchtime event, the YMCA of New Britain will be doing Zumba demonstrations and food trucks from Food Extrovert and La Hacienda will be selling lunch. Music will be by Whiskey, Wine and Coke, again from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the concert series and Wellness Wednesdays, visit the New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, call 860-826-3360, or visit its website at

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:10. Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:10.