Friday night fun on the library lawn

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The Human Relations Commission will host the annual 1st Fridays on the Lawn, free community concert series, with a whole new line up starting on Friday, July 6. The commission focuses on bringing diversity to the community and sees music as a way to layer cultural experiences.

1st Fridays on the Lawn will kick off with a rockin’ country music by the Eli Craig Band from the Greenville area on July 6.

“Bringing new performers to Wilson is exciting,” said Renee Smith, director of the Human Relations Office. “We take time to explore many options and reach across the region to bring something truly unique to Wilson.”

Families will enjoy a variety of intermission activities, while the band takes a break. On some nights during the concert series, family members will compete in friendly competitions on the dance floor to win prizes. On other nights local dance troupes and performance groups will highlight Wilson talent. And as always, crowd pleasing line dance music will be played so everyone can join in the dance floor.

The Wilson Youth Council will host a free Kid’s Zone with different activities each month. Inflatables, bounce houses and simple arts and crafts will be organized by teen volunteers.

Families can take a picnic to the lawn or purchase their meal from a variety of food vendors. Choices will include traditional summer favorites such as hot dogs and hamburgers, a fish fry, snow cones and candy apples.

Approximately a dozen community non-profit organizations will set up displays and information booths to help residents learn more about services available in Wilson. Each community organization will donate a door prize. Drawings are held during intermission.

Concerts are held on the lawn at Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash St. All concerts are alcohol free. Pets are preferred to be left at home, as the music and large crowd can be overwhelming for even the friendliest pet. Concerts will be held rain or shine but will be moved indoors should weather become a concern.

The concerts continue next month with international night featuring the Marcel Portilla band with Latin, pop, reggae and tropical fusion on Aug. 3.

The classic rock band The Conspiracy will perform on Sept. 7. The series will wrap up on Oct. 5 with Motown and R&B music by The Niguel Experience.

The concert series will include a celebration of National Night Out on Aug. 3. The expanded event will include the Wilson Police Department, Wilson Fire and Rescue, EMS, 911, Wilson County Rescue, Wilson County Emergency Management, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Target as a national sponsor.

To learn more about the concerts, activities, bands and the Human Relations Commission search for “1st Fridays on the Lawn” on the City of Wilson’s website (WilsonNC.org) or contact the Human Relations Office by calling 399-2308.