Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Boone Park sets fun-filled summer

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

        BURLINGTON — Boone Woods Park will be alive with concerts, puppets and magicians this summer as the parks department offers its long-running summer programs, Creekside Concerts and Family Fun Nights.

        “This is our 13th year for Concerts at Creekside,” said Marianne Neltner, program planner for Boone County Parks.

        “We do it as an alternative for people's leisure time who aren't into sports or hiking. It's a multigenerational thing. All ages come.”

   The following activities are planned for Boone Woods Park this summer as part of Boone County Parks' annual summer Creekside Concerts and Family Fun Days. All are on the Creekside stage unless otherwise noted in parentheses:

    • Friday: 7:30 p.m. White Lightning Express

    • Saturday: 7:30 p.m. David Hennig, Magician with a Mission

    • July 5: 7:30 p.m. The Juggernaut Jug Band

    • July 6: 7:30 p.m. Story Wizard, Madcap Puppet Theatre

    • July 7: 7:30 p.m. 100th Division Army Reserve Band

    • July 12: 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

    • July 19: 7:30 p.m. Willie Ray and the Midnighters

    • July 21: 2 p.m. Family Unity Day (rear of the park by Shelter 3)

    • July 26: 7:30 p.m. Florence Community Band

    • July 27: 7:30 p.m. The Singing Cookes

    • Aug. 10: 10 a.m. Touch a Truck Day (front of park near toddler playground)

    The park is in Burlington on Ky. 18, about 3 1/4 miles west of Interstate 75.

        Bands for the concert series include the White Lightning Express playing a variety of golden oldies, the Juggernaut Jug Band playing ragtime music, 100th Army Reserve Band playing big band, pop and marches, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Willie Ray and the Midnighters playing swing, the Florence Community Band, and the Singing Cookes playing gospel music.

        “Family Fun Nights are in their eighth year,” said Mrs. Neltner.

        “We started those to provide live performances for families.”

        Other Family Fun Nights events include a magic show by Dave Hennig of Cincinnati, and a puppet show, “Story Wizard,” by Madcap Theater. The events are free.

        “It's great inexpensive entertainment for the family,” said Mrs. Neltner. She said the performers are paid anywhere from $400 to $4,000. Some are sponsored by local businesses.

        The Creekside stage is located at the back of the park, near the fort.

        “People can bring their own chairs, blankets and refreshments,” Mrs. Neltner said, adding that events will be held at Conner Middle School if it rains.

        Family Unity Day will take place July 21 from 2-4 p.m. Families will compete against each other in events like lawn bowling and Frisbee toss.

        Each family will have its picture taken at the end of the day.

        The park is also planning Touch-a-Truck Day on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

        A variety of trucks, including garbage trucks, fire engines and construction equipment, will be on display.

        “The kids and adults can climb up in them,” said Mrs. Neltner.

        “You can take pictures. They can blow horns. They love to blow the air horns. We pass out earplugs at that event.”


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