Music series

David Aft: Thank you very much for this excellent summer musical series | Columns

On July 29, the 2022 Off The Rails Summer Music Series concluded with another wonderful community concert.

This year’s offerings ranged from country-influenced bluegrass to straight-up rock and roll. In the meantime, we have hosted our local Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra, the Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition and a host of wonderful local and regional musical performances. The offerings contained something for all ages.

With one exception, the rain stayed long enough for attendees to enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.

Series announcer Zack Adamson reminded all of the attendees that a few years ago each of them would have been somewhere else — often in Chattanooga — but definitely not in downtown Dalton. His words, a resounding endorsement of the changes downtown, resonated with many people, who not only came downtown for the music, but made it a point to visit one of our restaurants or local breweries.

The series organizers remain committed to creating memories for the young people of Dalton that so many who grew up here in the past do not have. From seeing an up-and-coming musical number like Nashville’s Colony House to simply gliding down the grassy hills either side of the Burr Park stage, each Friday night show offered a variety of wonderful experiences. The Summer Music Series has quickly become a Dalton tradition and regularly welcomes hundreds of visitors, some of whom come from nearby communities just to see what it’s all about.

Burr Park and its new concession and restroom pavilion have been described by many as the heart of Dalton and for those who joined us it was easy to see why. Free family entertainment in a safe and wonderful environment is often hard to find, but not here.

Every Friday, spectators were reminded that these shows do not happen alone, but with the support of many. A small team of animators coordinates the animations, the logistics and the installations.

It is always a pleasure for me to be part of this wonderful team.

Our most sincere thanks go to all those who contribute to our success. Their generous donations of time, talent and money have allowed the series to grow.

Sponsoring Presenters

• Community Foundation Burr Park Arts Trust

• Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau

• Dalton/Optilink utilities

• Engineered floors

Pops in the Park Presenters Sponsors

• Mohawk Industries

• Textile rubber and chemical company

Event Hosts

• Barrett Properties

• Believe the Grand Dalton

• Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty

• Dalton State College

• Hamilton Medical System

• Group of marketing alliances

• Shaw Industries

• Starr Mathews

• Tom Durkan Family

• NAACP of Whitfield County

Series organizers

• Amanda Brown, Creative Arts Guild

• Candace Eaton, Dalton Town Center Development Authority

• David Aft, Northwest Georgia Community Foundation

• Margaret Thigpen, Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau

Key Partners

• Dalton Town Center Development Authority

• Creative Arts Guild

A special “cry”

• Sara Murry, Creative Arts Guild

• Jim Sneary, Creative Arts Guild

• City of Dalton Parks and Recreation

• Dalton City Police Department

The summer musical series Off The Rails wouldn’t exist without its fans. It’s always a delight to see people converge on Burr Park, armed with their lawn chairs, blankets and smiling faces. We are delighted that you have chosen to share your Fridays with us.

Even though last Friday’s show marked the “official” end of the Summer Music Series, fans will have the chance to gather downtown on September 16 for one last show on Friday night. The “End of the Rails” offering begins at 5:30 p.m. with the headliner at 6:30 p.m. The star performer is Crawford and Power, who opened for Travis Tritt earlier this year at the Dalton Convention Center.

There are still many more events planned for Burr Park in the coming weeks, including more concerts, the annual Dalton Civitan Brewers Festival and the Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting. I’m sure Jeanne Burr would be so proud of “her” park and her spectacular contribution to our community and how she sees herself.

The series will return next June with even more great music and, as always, a few surprises! In the meantime, if you have any great ideas for next year’s show or would like to volunteer or contribute financially, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact the Burr Park Facebook page. We would like to hear from you !

Until next year – thank you for making Burr Park Northwest Georgia’s favorite outdoor arts and entertainment venue and the Off the Rails summer music series your destination!