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The Bellefonte, Lemont and South Hills School of Business and Technology Business School concert series offer music lovers a chance to enjoy free evenings of family fun throughout the summer.
Bellefonte Summer Sounds
The Bellefonte Summer Sounds concert series is celebrating its 35th year, beginning at 7 p.m. June 11. The 10-concert series is held at the Talleyrand Park gazebo every Sunday and is sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association.
JoAnn Knupp, one of the concert series organizers, said the Talleyrand Park setting is a perfect place to enjoy music and connect with neighbors.
“There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice, warm Sunday evening sitting in your favorite chair listening to music of your memories,” Knupp said. “I never miss.”
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at St. John Lutheran Church. All concerts are free and start at 7 p.m. The series will kick off with the traditional season opener, Bellefonte Community Band.
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South Hills Music Picnic Series
The South Hills School of Business and Technology started its 28th annual 12-concert series on June 4. The series is held every Sunday on the north lawn of the South Hills campus on Waupelani Drive in State College, with the exception of July 16, due to the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts.
Picnic time begins at 5 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Food and beverages are available for purchase and lemonade costs 1 cent, as it did when the series began in 1989.
The series is free and all concerts will be held rain or shine.
In the event of inclement weather the concerts will be held inside of the school.
Concerts on the Lemont village green
The Lemont concert series is held every Friday evening at the village green for 13 weeks.
The series, which kicked off its 16th year on June 2, is organized by the Lemont Village Association. Concert organizer and association chairwoman Sue Smith said the series is a comfortable family atmosphere where visitors can throw down a blanket, enjoy food from the Food for Thought food truck and experience a summer evening in historic Lemont.
The music is free, but the association passes a basket through the crowd for donations, which will be used to build a new stage with built-in sound equipment and lights. The new stage will be ready for the 2018 concert series.
“One of the things that is unique about the concerts is, all of the people who play do so for free,” Smith said. “It creates a relaxing place where the music is free and everyone is having a good time.”