Young and old alike showed up en masse to Davis Park in Falconer on Thursday evening to watch a free concert.
The concert marked the 23rd consecutive year that the village of Falconer has offered free shows in the park and just like every year before, it was met with excitement from residents of the village.
"(Davis Park) has been a location where residents of the village have gathered for a very long time," said Sue Seamans, director of the Falconer Library. "There's so much history in this place. Through the times of war in American history, the park has always been here to commemorate the effort of local soldiers. The veterans' honor roll was here in the park and there's the time capsule here that is scheduled to be unearthed in 2026. People have had weddings here, as well. If you look across the park now, you'll see people of all ages coming in and enjoying the sound of music as well as the smell of popcorn and hot dogs in the air. For me, I get nostalgic and sentimental about the peacefulness of it. In 23 years, we've never had an incident during an event at the park where the police have needed to be called in to intervene."
To commemorate the event, Falconer Mayor David Krieg gave a short address to the crowd before handing over the microphone to his grandchildren, who introduced the band, Emerald City.
"We're so happy that people continue to show up for these events," said Krieg. "(The concerts) are sponsored by the Falconer Public Library and refreshments are compliments of the Kiwanis Club, so we're thankful for both of (those organizations). Hopefully this will be a tradition that continues well into the future."
Once the introductions were over, Emerald City began by playing "Don't Know Why," as performed by Nora Jones and "Margaritaville," by Jimmy Buffet and continued into the evening with familiar songs from the 1950s.
The band, Emerald City, performs Thursday in Davis Park in Falconer.
P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb
The Davis Park concert series will continue through the month of July with shows every Thursday at 7 p.m. More information can be obtained at the Falconer Public Library.