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Concert in the park this Thursday

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and kids of all ages to Tyler Park this Thursday, June 21, 6-8 p.m. for the first concert of the 2012 Summer Sunset Music Series. Sponsored by the Friends of Tyler Park, the event will include great music by JEN KEARNEY and the Lost Onion, free hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade, face painting, crafters, and lots of fun amid the rolling hills of this sweet park in the Highlands neighborhood of Lowell (700 Westford Street). Jen Kearney’s non-traditional blues band will have you rockin’ right along, so don’t miss it!

Other upcoming concerts for the season include TAKE TWO on Thursday, July 19, and GUMBO DIABLO on Thursday, August 16. This year, which represents the 14th annual concert in the park series, will feature a new addition: MOVIE NIGHT at Tyler Park on Saturday, Sept. 15.  A family-friendly movie will be shown at 6:30 with refreshments and popcorn starting at 6. (Rain date: Sept. 22.)

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Tyler Park – Tonight!

It looks like a beautiful night for an outdoor concert at Tyler Park, the jewel of the Highlands. Beginning at 6:00 pm with local Funk band, Jochemo, and continuing with the popular acoustic guitar duo, Take Two, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, the Friends of Tyler Park also provide fun family activities, balloons, popcorn, hotdogs and more. The concerts are FREE and lots of fun for all. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the evening.

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On a lighter note…

“I read the news today, oh boy…” It’s been one of those days, but after driving home tonight and listening to WROR play one Beatles song after another, “I have to admit it’s getting better,” as I definitely felt my mood lifting. The Beatles tribute tonight was in honor of today’s release of digitally remastered versions of all their studio albums, from Please Please Me in 1963 to Let It Be in 1970. Listening to the music got me thinking about an article I just read in the Sept. 3, 2009 issue of RollingStone entitled “Why the Beatles Broke Up—The Inside Story.” (Apparently the article is too current for linking at this time, but it is an interesting read if you can get it.) I was in middle school when the band fell apart, but I remember thinking it was all Yoko Ono’s fault. According to RollingStone, it was much more complicated than that. Also worth noting in this issue are comments in the “Editor’s Notes” about a Pew Research Center study, which determined that the Beatles bridge the generation gap and appear to be universally liked by all ages. (Who in the 60s would have thought rock ‘n roll would help transcend generational distrust?) As I pulled into my driveway to the harmonizing sounds of this amazing band (along with my own, not-so-harmonizing voice) belting out “Ah, look at all the lonely people…” I felt myself transformed into a lighter, freer me, and I just had to stay and finish the song with a group who made an indelible mark on my life.

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