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Town Green Concerts Attract Crowds

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A large crowd turned out on a balmy Aug. 1 evening to hear local musician Susan Savia perform on the Town Green.

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Edythe Kelleher, with husband, Gary, has come to the Town Green concerts more than six times this summer. Gary Kelleher signed up for the Open Mic Night on Aug. 10, along with a musical partner.

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John and Liz Hynes, Vienna Woods residents since 1959, are regulars at the Town Green concerts. The performances are "good entertainment."

Approximately 150 people of all ages turned out to hear local musician, Susan Savia, perform on Aug. 1. Savia, accompanying herself on guitar or ukelele, sang popular songs, esoteric songs, and her own compositions, in a repertoire ranging from folk to pop, with an accent on nature and the environment. Vienna Shopping Center provided colorful plaid lawn blankets to the audience.

"We enjoy the concerts a lot," said John Hynes. Hynes and his wife, Liz, have lived in Vienna Woods since 1959. "We try to be regulars here," Hynes said.

Town Green event committee is debuting Open Mic Night on Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night, which features eight musicians or groups, each performing in 15-minute slots, is sponsored by Friends of the Town Green.

"I’ve come more than six times this year," said Town Council member Edythe Kelleher. "The performances are wonderful and the sound is excellent. There’s usually a little breeze blowing in the evening. The Navy Commodores were great, just fabulous."

A dozen volunteers work the concerts over the season, handing out promotional material and keeping order. Concerts are free, sponsored by community businesses and individuals. Remaining August performances feature Nightwork on Aug. 8; Open Mic Night on Aug. 10; Mystic Warriors, music from Bolivia and Peru, on Aug. 15; Redstone Rock on Aug. 17; the U.S. Navy Band Country Current on Aug. 22; the Richard Walton Group on Aug. 24, and the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers on Aug. 29. Additional details are on http://www.viennava.gov/Town_Departments/towngreen.htm. Fall concerts and events information becomes available in late August.

"This is good entertainment," said Hynes. "Definitely worth the money."