Exciting 2015 Summer Concert Series Planning UnderwaySome returning favorites & a few artists new to the Nicholson Pavilion. Our schedule should be finalized by late May. Please check back for updates.
Funding for the Series is extremely tight. With the reduction in funding for the shows from our direct sources, sponsorship will determine the number of concerts. If you can, please consider becoming one of our highly valued sponsors. It will be a critical success factor. Thank you for your consideration.
What a great 2014 Summer Concert Series. Great weather - until the final Friday. Many thanks to our dedicated sponsors, the Sparta Town Council, all those audience members and to the incredible artists that grace the Pavilion with such talent and energy. Without their support, the Summer Concert Series would not be possible. Looking forward to making the 2015 Summer even better!Check back here in early Spring for the initial Series lineup. Have a safe & enjoyable winter.
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.
Visit www.stmoritzgrillandbar.com to checkout their menu, events schedule, daily specials.
Schedule is subject to change
Garlic & Oil Grand Re-Opening to Benefit
Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee
Listening to live music every Friday night under a starry sky at Dykstra Park is one of the joys of summer living in Sparta. Yet that special community activity is being threatened by lack of funding. According to Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee Spokesperson Stew Liebman, the "free" Sparta Summer Concert Series actually costs close to $15,000.00 a season. "The cost of talent, the sound system, electricity, a Park and Recreations Department representative costs about $1,800.00 a show,", says Liebman. We normally put on eight concerts a season but last year we only were able to do seven because there was not enough money." Last year the town kicked in $6500.00 but to make up the shortfall, Leibman says the committee relies on donations and sponsorships from local businesses. That's where a gourmet food and gift store in Sparta called Garlic & Oil is stepping in.
Sparta resident and owner of Garlic & Oil, Kathryn Kaplan is a big fan of the concert series, making it a point to attend them weekly. "There is nothing better than having a picnic , relaxing with friends on a warm summer evening and listening to great, live music", declares Kaplan. "When I heard that the program was facing cuts I wanted to work with the committee to creatively come up with a way to raise money." To that end, Kaplan is tying the re-opening of her business Garlic & Oil (now located at 12 White Deer Plaza in Lake Mohawk) to raising funds for the Sparta Summer Concert Series. "On Saturday, May 2, there will be live music from 12:00 pm to 4:00 featuring local musicians, free food and if you make a donation of a dollar or more, you will receive a free gift from Garlic & Oil," states Kaplan. Members of the all-volunteer Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee will be out collecting the donations in and around White Deer Plaza as well as at Garlic & Oil. Other businesses in the area are joining the effort. Deborah Graybill, owner of Shelter Vintage located at 14 Winona Parkway is raffling off a gift basket valued at $100.00 with a donation to the cause. Open four years, Shelter Vintage specializes in home furnishings and personal accessories. Graybill, also a Sparta resident, is thrilled to play a part and hopes the other local businesses will join in. Says Graybill, "The concert series is such a great part of life in Sparta, as well as shopping and eating locally. This can only be great for everyone!" The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 3.