NEWINGTON – Newington Parks and Recreation continues to hold its annual Edythe and Harry Mandell 2022 Concert Series and will do so until Sept. 25.
Bill DeMaio, superintendent of the department, said the Newington community feels “thankful and energetic” about the concerts.
“The numbers have been really good, and at times we give away free ice cream and popcorn,” DeMaio said.
The concert series is at Mill Pond Park Pavilion, located at 123 Garfield Street.
According to DeMaio, the concerts are at the park's “outfield,” and there are 30 adult teams playing cornhole.
“You can only imagine the atmosphere in the park,” he said. “We have the pools open, a handicap accessible playground, and at times we even do train rides for kids. So it’s a really happening place at Mill Pond Park.”
DeMaio also said the department receives funds from the American Recovery Act and the concerts are free.
The department initially hosted eight concerts and now holds 35 performances, DeMaio said.
“It’s been a fun expansion, and we wouldn’t do it if people weren’t responding and coming to it,” he said. “We’re totally thrilled about the idea, and we also do weekend concerts at the Municipal Parking Lot.”
The parking lot is located at 83 Market Square.
DeMaio said he wants Newington to be known as the “music town of Connecticut.”
“We want to bring people out to our community and want them to feel comfortable and enjoy the music,” he said.