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Recreation Committee looks ahead

August 23, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Recreation Committee's Family Fun Day may have been rained out this past weekend, but the precipitation didn't damper the group's enthusiasm for bringing inexpensive, family-oriented recreation options to town.

Chairman Suzy Geers sat down with the Southbridge Evening News Sunday to talk about the contingency plan to make up for the installments of the Summer Concerts on the Common series cancelled due to weather, and to discuss some plans that are still in the works for special events over the next few months.

To see some of those plans come to fruition though, Geers said volunteers from the public are not only welcomed, but crucial.

"Next week is our big barbecue with Gutta and Weight of Gravity," Geers said of the last official Summer Concert on the Common for this year.

The Saturday, Aug. 28 show begins at 6 p.m. and will feature comfort food from Brian's Rotis-A-Q and Catering.

A thank you dinner for sponsors and those involved with the concerts will be held next month at the Community Center/Armory.

Over the duration of the summer, two shows — the Family Fun Day scheduled last Sunday, and the classic rock tunes of Dr. Robert on Friday, July 23 — were called off because of inclement weather.

Geers said the committee is currently working on a follow up event on the Town Common that would incorporate elements of both shows and extend the outdoor entertainment well into the fall.

Her idea: Rocktober Fest.

Geers said she and the Rec Committee are hoping to host a traditional Oktoberfest celebration featuring good music, good food, and pending a little more planning, some good drinks.

Geers said she hopes to have Dr. Robert's return appearance be at the late September or early October event.

The chairman said she wants to go with a real rocker like Dr. Robert because of the response the committee has seen advocating more rock and roll oriented shows.

Geers said Happy Jack, a tribute to The Who, is also a possibility for the fall event, and saw one of the biggest crowds on the Southbridge Town Common all summer.

"People were having a blast," she said. "People were singing along, it was lively."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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