Summer Fest brings Big Band music and Manchester Arts Market to Veterans Park

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MANCHESTER, NH — Swing in to Summer Fest with the big band sounds of the Frees Brothers Band, booked by popular request, says Sara Beaudry of Intown Manchester.

“We get a lot of requests for big band/swing band music for our concert series, and while researching it, we found the Frees Brothers who are really well known. We’re so excited to have them,” said Beaudry.

Beyond booking a solid musical series this summer, Beaudry said the addition of the Manchester Arts Market really elevates the free family event, bringing fine local artisans to Veterans Park, providing a one-stop shopping opportunity for those who like to take care of Christmas shopping in July, or are just interested in supporting the arts.

Vendors signed on include:

1. Color Me Happy Jewelry

2. Crafty Kathi upcycled bags

3. Kitty Designs Jewelry

4. TookybirdUpcycled

5. Calli b. Jewelry

6. Hemlock Springs Soap

7.Gunther’s Goodies Dog Treats

8. George Emmons Photography

9. Three Monkeys Cloth Diapers

10. StitchyPinfingers

11. Lori Rollason Ceramics

Beaudry said she’s also happy to have Chief of Police Nick Willard on the schedule, to take the stage and talk about some of new initiatives.

“I love the fact that he’s so accessible and cares about our community,” Beaudry said.

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Vendors will be in the park setting up by about 5 p.m. in time for the 6 p.m. kick off. Frees Brothers Band will take the stage around 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come early and stake a claim on some turf with blankets or lawn chairs, and carry in some dinner, or grab a pizza from one of the downtown restaurants. There will also be food available on site from the Made With Love food truck, offering authentic Puerto Rican street food.

Heather Bishop from WZID will return to get the crowd warmed up, and Amanda McCarthy will provide the opening music act.

“Our goal is to have quality events that are free — that was really important to us. Yes, there will be things to purchase, but the centerpiece of Summer Fest a free outdoor concert in a family-friendly setting,” Beaudry said.  “The free part is really important; it’s a way of giving back to the community.”

Click here for a full rundown on Intown Manchester’s summer line-up of fun.

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