June concert series in downtown New Britain concludes; more music coming to Walnut Hill Park next month

Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 20:51
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN -Wednesday’s sunny, warm weather drew people to Central Park, where they sang along to music by the Sapphire Duo, enjoyed lunch from the Chris and Roy’s Brotherly Grub food truck, and took part in other activities.

It all was part of the city’s June Lunchtime Music Series, which is paired with Wellness Wednesday, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Carl Marieni said the health booths were his favorite feature.

“I live around the area and I love coming to these lovely concerts and the entertainment is very nice,” Marieni said. “I get to meet nice people. I like the variety; it’s very nice.”

Chris Metzger, owner of Wallingford-based Chris and Roy’s Brotherly Grub, served a variety of lunch items from his truck during the event. The menu included Angus cheeseburgers, chicken and lamb gyro wraps, pork belly lollipops, and fried mozzarella and zucchini sticks.

Metzger said the cheeseburgers were the most popular item Wednesday.

“It started off a little slow, but it started to pick up a little momentum,” Metzger said.

The New Britain Senior Center was selling plants, flowers and baked goods. Soy Candles was selling jewelry as well as candles.

Donald Cmuchowski, who came dressed as Elvis Presley, said his favorite part was the music.

“That’s because they are playing a lot of the music that I used to listen to when I was in high school,” Cmuchowski said.

The Sapphire Duo consists of 1976 Miss Connecticut Debra LaRoche and Tom Fulton. LaRoche said this was the duo’s second year performing as part of the June music series

“Last year was raining, so this year is a lot more enjoyable,” LaRoche said.

She said she enjoyed “seeing people out and enjoying the music, singing along with our songs.”

This was the last day for the June Lunchtime Music Series, but next week the city will kick off its Summer Music Series, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in July and August at Walnut Hill Park.

To learn more about summer events presented by the city, visit the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department’s website, nbparksnrec.org. and follow the department on Facebook for weather updates.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 20:51. Updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 20:53.