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Union County Summer Arts Festival Continues July 27 at Echo Lake Park Featuring Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens


pat dinizioMOUNTAINSIDE, NJ–The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues this coming Wednesday evening July 27, with Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. The free concert series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder, and sponsored at Echo Lake Park by ConnectOne Bank will take place at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside during the month of July and move to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during the month of August.

“This will be the final opportunity to enjoy the Summer Arts Festival at Echo Lake Park” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen. “And be sure to arrive early to participate in UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a great way for families to stay healthy together.”

Hailing from Scotch Plains, Pat Dinizio is the founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for The Smithereens. Inspired by his musical idols Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and The Beau Brummels, he soon began crafting his own hook-laden masterpieces such as “Behind the Wall of Sleep”, “Only a Memory” and “A Girl Like You.”

While enjoying the wonderful music, concertgoers can visit Tony’s Traveling Trattoria which will treat your palate to excellent Italian comfort food. Also the Good Humor Truck will be on site hosted by TG and Sons serving ice cream and snacks. Attendees can also pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music under the stars.

Once again UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a Union County Freeholder initiative will be part of the Wednesday night pre-concert schedule, with House Yoga of Kenilworth presenting a free community class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  Bring a mat or beach towel and participate in healthy activities for the entire family before the music begins.

Throughout the summer at each concert one Union County Department will be featured, distributing handouts and highlighting their own unique services. On this evening the Union County Bureau of Recycling will be on hand.

Next month the Summer Arts Festival will move to Oak Ridge Park in Clark with the following schedule:

Oak Ridge Park, Clark

  • August 3rd Black Dog – Tribute to Led Zeppelin
  • August 10th Dead On Live – Grateful Dead Tribute Band (With special guest appearance by Sam Cutler, tour manager for the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead)
  • August 17th Hey Bulldog – Music of The Beatles (Sponsored by Union Co. Education Association)
  • August 24th N.Y. State of Mind – Billy Joel Tribute

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