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2017 Summer Concert Series Fundraiser May 13


Considering all the wonderful activities Sussex County in general, and Sparta in particular, offers in the summer months, few can rival picnicking with friends in Dykstra Park on a beautiful Friday night listening to live music under the stars. A group of local volunteers making up the Sparta Arts Council work diligently every year to bring original and well known artists to Sparta to entertain the community free of charge all summer long. “Of course”, says long time

Council Member Stewart Liebman, “the concerts are not really cost free. The Township contributes some funding but the rest of the $15,000.00 dollars it generally takes to fund the program comes from donations”.

To help keep the Sparta Summer Concert Series going, local business Garlic & Oil is teaming up with the Council to raise funds to pay for the concerts. According to store owner Kathryn Kaplan, donations will be collected in the Garlic & Oil store all day Saturday, May 13. “Anyone making a cash donation of $1.00 or more will receive a great free gourmet gift”, says Kaplan, “and no purchase is necessary!” In addition there will be live music in front of the store located at 12 White Deep Plaza, all afternoon presented by Bill Wight’s School Of Music featuring young local talent.

The 2017 Sparta Summer Concerts schedule will begin July 7 and continue every Friday night through the end of August. This season will present another dynamic program featuring original artists playing folk, blues, rock and roots music. Some fan-favorites are returning such as Billy Hecter, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Peter Karp and Danielia Cotton. New performers include Hollis Brown from NYC, Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings from Chicago, Kara Grainger from Alstralia and the Milagro Saints from North Carolina. “The series is getting very well known in music circles” adds Liebman, “so it is attracting a lot of interest and talent from outside the area.”

All shows are rain or shine, free to the public, family friendly events. Funding is also provided by other business sponsors in addition to Garlic & Oil including Eastern Propane, Blue Diamond,Dolan & Dolan, Hart & Iliff, Farmer’s Insurance, Braen Stone UNICO, Thor Labs LMCC, Burke’s Liquors, R & B Painting Plus, Anne Marie Richards @ Weichert, Hilltop Chiropractic, Laddey Clark & Ryan, Villa Capri, Sparta Dental Designs, St. Moritz Grill & Bar, Shoprite and SECTV.

Funding for the Series is extremely tight each year. Township and sponsorship funding will determine the number of concerts each summer. At this time, unless we are able to dramatically increase our sponsorship revenue, we'll only have funding for 8 shows, down from the 10 shows we were able to host in 2016. If you can, please consider becoming one of our highly valued sponsors. Your support will be a critical success factor. Thank you for your consideration.

Check back here to find out if the show has been moved indoors to the MAS auditorium. Let's hope it stays outdoors!
Please note: Sparta Township ordinances prohibit both alcohol and dogs (even if on a leash) in Dykstra Park. Seating is on the lawn or your own lawn chairs.
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Dinner and a Show
St. Moritz Grill & Bar is adding to the Concert fun by giving away a $50 gift certificate at each show. Come for the show, go home with a dinner at St. Moritz. For a donation to the SCAC you will receive a numbered ticket for a 'drawing' for the $50 gift certificate. Tickets are good for that night's drawing only.
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All shows will be at 7pm in Dykstra Park. If there is a significant threat of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors at the Mohawk Ave School Auditorium at 7pm. Please check the home page on the day of each show for updated information regarding postponement or relocation.

Schedule is subject to change