Some sat and listened, others danced, some sat in their vehicles with the windows down to hear — and it all amounted to enjoying some outdoor music.
It’s all part of the Friendly Invasion Festival series of Music in the Park that takes place each summer in Stephenville and it’s becoming more popular every year, drawing larger and larger audiences in an outdoor setting.
The Thursday evening event has different local bands each week who set up in the J.M. Delaney Pavilion at Blanche Brook Park and people gather on benches and bleachers, some of them even unfolding their own fold-up lawn chairs to enjoy the music.
While much of the audience this year is local people, there are also some visitors from away – some of them returning home for summer vacation – attending the concert and mingling with the locals they haven’t seen in some time.
The Friendly Invasion people have been holding these events for a number of years now and although they started off with smaller attendance, people are catching on and going out to enjoy a free evening of music, often staying on even if the weather turns a little on the damp side.
There are always umbrellas and the important part is that the entertainers are under a roof and can keep the music going. Those who prefer to listen from their vehicles are good anyway.
Putting off these free admission shows takes support from the community and that was made possible this year by a number of local businesses stepping up and becoming sponsors, which is advertised on site.
Last Thursday’s Music in the Park featured the music of Park Avenue while Aug. 2 will feature The Nolans and the last concert for the summer on Aug. 9 will have MPH performing.
Friendly Invasion events doesn’t stop there however as weekly on Wednesday evenings the group holds Bonfire on the Beach every Wednesday at Stephenville Beach with a singsong featuring local musicians.
In addition to utilizing new infrastructure with the J.M. Delaney Pavilion in Blanche Brook Park, the organization takes advantage of old military installments.
An example is the Boil-up at the Bunker taking place tomorrow evening at an ammo warehouse bunker located at Igloo Road to the rear of the Stephenville Dome.
Once again, locals and visitors alike are welcome to attend and join in the summer fun.