Val Young from Sanford celebrates his birthday with one of the performers from ABBA Mania.
Bay Arts Council's Wednesdays in the Park Survives Rainstorm
ABBA Mania Performs For Huge Crowd After Storms Pass Overhead
June 26, 2011
By: Stacie Lech
This week's Bay Arts Council Wednesday in the Park
was almost Wednesday under water.
But at the last minute, the skies cleared and the rain stopped just long enough for ABBA Mania to take the stage. The tribute band kept the people singing and dancing throughout the evening.
Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate for the opening act, Perry Woodard's School of Dance. The scheduled dance performance had to be canceled because of rain, but Woodard's dancers will be invited back on a date yet to be decided according to event organizers
People "flooded" into the downtown Bay City bandshell around 7:00pm as soon as the storm passed overhead and fanned out across Wenonah Park. By the size of the crowd, no one would have guessed that the radar showed storms circling the area. The hill was full and the vendors were hopping. Goodies for sale included homemade caramel corn, roasted nuts, soda and candy.
"The Bay Arts Council put on another great event," said Paul Everson from Bay City. "We enjoyed ABBA Mania, it was tons of fun for the whole family and we are already looking forward to the next concert," Everson added.
The concerts continue on July 6th with Groove Project and Hotel California, an Eagles Tribute Band. The Bay Arts Council Summer Series runs every Wednesday night at Wenonah Park Bandshell until August 3, 2011. Admission is free. For more information visit www.bayartscouncil.org
Matt Reid, Director of the Bay Arts Council readies the crowd.
Dorian, Danielle and Destiny Sova from Bay City enjoy popcorn while waiting for the concert to begin.
Tom Villarreal from Saginaw sells roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, caramel corn and candy filled licorice.
Internet radio personalities Josh Sharrow (Left) and Shawn Doyle provided another fine introduction for the event. Sharrow & Doyle can be heard Monday through Friday at www.LastChoiceCountry.com
Sue Jamrog from Bay City brought her dog Murphy Candice Brown to enjoy the festivities.
Willem and Paige Everson From Bay City dance to a wonderful rendition of Dancing Queen.
Carol VanDenBosch from Midland and Darrell Lyvere of Freeland also participated in the dancing.
Rod Groleau from Sutton's Bay and Cathy Franciosi from Woodhaven visited the park after a long bicycle ride. They are part of the group PALM, Peddle Across Lower Michigan. After traveling 200 miles today, the group stopped in Bay City to spend night.
Erik Blackmer from Clarkston was chosen to join in the performance.
Bethany Hammond from Frankenmuth, Caitlin Matousek from Bay City and Brian Siler from Midland had a great view of the show from atop the ledge at the edge of the park.
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