Makin’ Waves

Sum­mer con­certs back on at Went­worth Park

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - david.jala@cb­post.com BY DAVID JALA

Sum­mer con­certs back on at Went­worth Park.

“That was cer­tainly part of it — we were able to hold it at a time when lots of fam­i­lies could make it down to the park.” Joe Costello, recre­ation pro­gram di­rec­tor with CBRM

Went­worth Park was alive with the sound of mu­sic as more than 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered to take in the inau­gu­ral show of the Makin’ Waves con­cert se­ries.

The show, which ran from 6- 8 p. m. on Thurs­day, at­tracted a mix of ages from tod­dlers to peo­ple in their golden years. “This is great, it’s great that things are go­ing on here again,” said 78- year- old Va­lerie Parks, who re­called of­ten wan­der­ing down to Went­worth Park back in the 1950s.

“I used to push the stroller down and we’d see what was go­ing on — back then it seemed like there was al­ways lots go­ing on.”

Sheila Buf­fett, 68, grew up near the park and re­mem­bered at­tend­ing many ac­tiv­i­ties around the ponds.

“Oh, yes, there was lots to do then — I’m re­ally glad the mu­sic’s back, but some of the mu­sic nowa­days is a just lot of bang­ing, oh well,” she said.

The con­cert be­gan with Tony McQuaid and the Yeti, who warmed up the crowd for Slow­coaster. The show was over by 8 p. m., al­low­ing par­ents to get their young ones home at a rea­son­able hour.

“That was cer­tainly part of it — we were able to hold it at a time when lots of fam­i­lies could make it down to the park,” said Joe Costello, recre­ation pro­gram di­rec­tor with the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“The big thing is we’re bring­ing it back to the park, and we’re re­ally ex­cited about it and the big crowd shows that peo­ple want to come down and en­joy the park and the mu­sic.”

And with a late af­ter­noon high of 24 C in Syd­ney, the tem­per­a­ture and light breeze made for ideal con­di­tions for the con­cert­go­ers, many of whom brought their own lawn chairs.

Oth­ers took ad­van­tage of the many view­points around the park, in­clud­ing Cat­alone’s Michael Mullins and friends who en­joyed their front- row van­tage point on the grass in front of the band­shell.

“This is great — we’re hav­ing a great time,” said Mullins.

The Makin’ Waves con­cert se­ries will con­tinue with shows to be held ev­ery Thurs­day evening in July.

The events arise from a part­ner­ship be­tween the CBRM recre­ation depart­ment and the Cape Bre­ton Mu­sic In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tive.

All of the shows are free.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

More than 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered around the south pond in Went­worth Park for the inau­gu­ral show of the Makin’ Waves con­cert se­ries. Many con­cert­go­ers opted for a com­fort­able cush­ion of grass in­clud­ing, from left in the front row, Re­nee MacMullin, Michael Mullins, Liam Camp­bell and Jesse MacLeod.

Parks

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