By Ashley Rader
Music, a movie and parties.
Sounds like some cool ways to beat the summer heat in Elizabethton.
Elizabethton’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled a schedule of special events for the summer months Monday night, with the focus on community fun.
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mains told the parks and recreation board about free concerts, parties and other festivities planned for the public.
The first is a free concert downtown on Saturday, June 1, from 7-9 p.m. in the field behind the Elizabethton Fire Department. Other concerts are planned for Saturday, July 13, and in August.
Mains said the concerts would coincide with the Carter County Car Club’s Cruise In, and would feature two bands playing at each show. He said the first concert would feature bluegrass and country music, while the concert in July would feature music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
The next event will be “The Big Show”, a free outdoor movie at Joe O’Brien field on Saturday, July 27. “Splash!”, a free pool party with a DJ, games and inflatables, will be held at Franklin Pool on Saturday, Aug. 24, and the second Party in the Park will be held at Douglas Park on a Saturday in August. On Saturday, Sept. 14, “Family Fun Day” will be held at Kiwanis Park.
“We are doing this because we want to do more in the community,” Mains told the board. “We are happy with what we have come up with so far. We hope to be able to do more. We are thrilled that we are able to do more things in the community.”