Celebrate the Fourth early in Granville
Granville residents will gather Thursday night, July 1, to celebrate America’s birthday just a bit early with food, fun and fireworks.
The Summer Concert Series show will feature Bobby Dick and the Sundowners in an appearance on their farewell tour.
The band will make its first appearance in Granville since the Olympic year of 2008.
The crowd favorite and longtime regional rock act plans to step aside and retire at the conclusion of this tour, so it will be one of the last chances to see the band play a mixture of pop, rock ‘n’ roll and danceable favorites from the bandstand in Veterans Park from 7 to 9 p.m.
“This is their farewell concert and we’re doing the best that we can to help them go out with a bang – it should be a wonderful evening,” deputy clerk Denise Davies said.
Fireworks set to music will cap the night after the conclusion of the concert as soon as it is dark enough.
The fireworks will launch from the Little League complex accompanied by patriotic music coordinated by village clerk treasurer Rick Robert and Granville Elementary School music teacher Brett Tuttle.
The concert can be a one-stop shopping experience as dinner will be available across the street.
The Granville Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will be serving up its chicken barbecue starting at 4 p.m. A half chicken, beans, coleslaw and a roll can be purchased at the Quaker Street firehouse for $9.
Save room for dessert as the Granville Methodist Church will hold its annual Strawberry Social featuring local Liebig’s strawberries along with ice cream or strawberry shortcake.
The special Tuesday night concert in the Summer Concert Series featuring the Celtic rock group Prydien on June 22 had to be postponed due to weather concerns.
Mayor Jay Niles said the weather radar and forecasts indicated rain would start just before the scheduled 7 p.m. concert start.
Davies said the village plans on speaking with the band about rescheduling and would announce a new date soon.
“We really want to hear them because they’re unique and they’re new. They’ve never been here before. We’re anxious to hear them,” Davies said. “This was their first time, so we hated to cancel.”
Prydien’s appearance had been set for the special Tuesday night concert to avoid conflicting with the baccalaureate service for the Granville High School class of 2010.