Summer Soundsbrings big successto concert series


The Summer Sounds Concert Series came to a rousing conclusion on Thursday, and by every account imaginable the four-event series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown was a tremendous success.

By most estimations, more than 2,500 folks attended at least one of the concerts.

When the Concert Series was being planned, a number like that might have seemed off the charts. But the events were a perfect storm of quality entertainment, good sponsors and relatively cooperating weather — all of which brought folks in from throughout the region.

Compared with some of the other concert series events in the area, the Summer Sounds program is in its infancy. But it has served notice in just one year that the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and its numerous sponsors — this newspaper being one of its platinum sponsors — are serious about bringing a top-notch series of concerts to the area.

With a lineup like the Band of Oz, North Tower, the Fantastic Shakers and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, a finer foursome of concerts can hardly be imagined.

It’s also difficult to imagine how the Summer Sounds could grow, but the potential for it is certainly there and we leave it to those on the inside of the Chamber of Commerce and with the town of Elizabethtown to figure out just how that can happen. Additional sponsors are already inquiring about next summer’s Concert Series, so we are excited about the possibilities.

We would imagine the town officials are, as well. After all, the Summer Sounds events have brought hundreds of people to their “baby” — a facility that has held potential of its own as a downtown gem which may now start to be realized.

Although attawaytogos are deserved in many directions for the success of the Summer Sounds events, we will begin at the top, where Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard didn’t give up on a concert series that once fizzled and vanished from Tory Hole Park a handful of years ago, and guided it resurrection into the stellar summer series it was this year.

And of course every good leader has a host of “worker bees” who play huge roles in making an event successful, and the Chamber’s directors and membership did just that — providing sponsors and volunteers from within its group for the four-event series.

Also in line for kudos has to be the town of Elizabethtown, which provided a perfect facility for the Concert Series that was both good for the entertainment and the crowds.

Last but not least, a salute must be made to the community that turned out for each of the four concerts. The support by attendance and enthusiasm is what will give Chamber and town officials the impetus to do it all over again in 2016.

Bigger and better? Why not.

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