Free concerts offer fun

Community concerts are a great way for residents to get together with family and friends and enjoy a hot summer evening without spending a lot of money, or any for that matter.

The Shelton Parks and Recreation Department holds weekly concerts, and for the price of a picnic basket full of food and beverages to take to the show, residents could find themselves having a great time, enjoying some favorite food and listening to some good music.

The 2012 Music Under the Stars Summer Concert series runs form 7-9 p.m., at the Huntington Green, all are free. Call 203-331-4120 in case of inclement weather.

The following shows remain:

• Wednesday, Aug. 1, disco group, Dynamite Disco Review.

• Wednesday, Aug. 8, oldies group, the Ovations.

• Wednesday, Aug. 15, children's show, Lynn Lewis & Friends; followed by Jimmy Buffet cover band, Parrotbeach.

• Wednesday, Aug. 22, new country band, Midnight Rodeo.

There's really nothing like a local concert. They are a throw back to simpler times, when residents were allowed to freely mingle with their neighbors in town centers. They are an opportunity for you to take advantage of the public places your tax dollars pay for.

And don't forget what a bargain these shows are. Since they are sponsored by local organizations, they are free to residents, who would have to pay at many venues to see these groups perform. These days when a movie is well over $10, and a concert can run in the hundreds of dollars, these local concerts are just the ticket for saving some money in a down economy, but having a great time anyway.