Kenmore Kids Concert Series officially kicks off
On Tuesday, July 17, the Kenmore Kids Concert Series officially kicked off with a performance by the Billy Baroo Jazz Trio featuring vocalist Dee Adams.
Held on the front lawn of Kenmore Middle School on Delaware Road in the village, the free concert runs from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday until Aug.14.
“We’ve loved these concerts the past few years,” said Kenmore resident Tom Pawlak, who was dancing up a storm with his 5-year-old daughter Reilly.
Together with his wife, Erin, and their 8-year-old daughter Meghan, the Pawlak’s were one of dozens of families enjoying the free concert on a beautiful summer night.
“My wife and I volunteered for this last year and helped with the planning and organizing of the concerts, last year.”
Yet another brain child of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, what makes the Kids Concert Series so unique is it’s not only a free event but it’s the only summer concert series in Western New York that is geared specifically towards children.
“You get to show them (kids) more music than just what’s on radio today, so it’s kind of educational for them as well to get other genres of music,” Tom Pawlak said. “It’s a great location for Kenmore, because the middle school is centrally located, you get people from all parts of Kenmore...It’s a great series. It’s a time for families to come out and see friends and the kids have their friends. It’s great community activity.”
Wearing an ear-to-ear grin Reilly Pawlak talked about how much she enjoyed the show.
“It was actually fun dancing with my dad,” she said. When asked who was the better dancer, Reilly threw her hands up in the air and said, “Me! Because I take ballet!”
Looking out on the crowd and seeing so many happy faces enjoying a fun, safe, family event, KVIS president Melissa Foster was positively beaming with joy as she talked about how much the event has grown over the past four years.
“It’s almost exactly what we were hoping for when we envisioned it,” Foster said. “We continuously try to send the message that Kenmore is a family-friendly place. I don’t think there’s anything that says it more than this.”
Noting the free concert and cheap prices (most items a dollar) at refreshment stand, Foster said this is the kind of event that even a large family could go to and it wouldn’t break their budget.
A very picturesque scene, with kids running around playing as the music served as a perfect backdrop.
While the crowd was mostly made up of young families, it drew residents of all ages and gave you the feel of a time when life was a little slower and a whole lot simpler.
“Where in America do you find this?” Foster said. “It’s only in the most special places, I think. And that’s Kenmore.”