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Vienna Community Gathers on The Town Green

Free concert series on Town Green features a range of music genres from rock to blues.

The Tonics perform June 23 as part of the Summer Concert Series at Summer on the Green.

The Tonics perform June 23 as part of the Summer Concert Series at Summer on the Green. Photos by Caroline Burr

A summer tradition for many Vienna residents, The Concert Series at the Town Green, 144 Maple Ave. E., hosts a variety of free family-friendly concerts most Friday and Sunday nights. “We come here every year,” said June Terry of Vienna. “It’s nice for the children, they can come run around.” Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and generally run one hour. The series features a wide range of music genres from rock to blues. The Tonics, a four-piece rock band, performed Sunday, June 23, and played a mix of covers of songs from “Soak Up The Sun” to “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

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Community members relax on the green, listening to rock band The Tonics.

In the heart of Vienna, the Town Green’s 2.25 acres of land is open to all and features a fountain, formal lawn and colorful landscaping. Larry of Vienna said his favorite thing about the Concert Series, is that “it’s here. We come and see the ones on Friday and it’s nice because it’s here.” The free concerts bring families to the outdoors with ample room for picnics. Blankets and chairs are encouraged for seating. The Summer on the Green Concerts are made possible by the many community members and local organizations who donate money or sponsor the concerts. While many families can be seen on the green eating dinner and watching the concert, other families stop by on their bikes for a quick break with their friends and family. Stephanie and Hugo of Vienna biked to The Town Green Sunday evening with their three children and as Hugo Jr. announced his excitement for “all the concerts!” his sister Rosalia noted that the surrounding

area is full of “nifty shops and restaurants.” Their younger sister Emily added, “It’s a nice place for the whole community to get together.” The lawn became more and more crowded as the evening continued, and while families sat with their picnics and blankets, Anthony of Vienna said, “The music, the weather… it’s chill.”