The Island Park musical series kicked off last week with a performance by Trevor Wilkins.
Wilkins played a two-hour set with local flavor on Thursday, mentioning Chandlers Valley and the Reservoir among many Warren County locations in his lyrics, to an appreciative crowd.
The series is an opportunity on several levels.
Most of the time, local musicians show off their talents.
The borough gets to show off a gem.
And residents and visitors can enjoy a few hours of music in a family setting.
Mayor Scott Nelson said he wanted to bring a piece of Warren’s music in the park to the borough without setting up a contest.
About six years ago, he and Sebastian Christian started working on the idea. “Let’s try this.”
“We wanted to emulate what Warren did without taking it away from them” said Nelson. “Come on a Thursday night, bring the kids, see local talent. It was the idea of being able to do that.
He worked with Jim Zavinski, who was the driving force behind the Warren Amphitheater and the Music in the Park program.
“Jim has been very helpful to me,” said Nelson.
While space in Warren is quite limited, Island Park could accommodate thousands of people for a concert with plenty of room for the kids to play.
“It’s a beautiful space” said Nelson. “It really is a gem. We try to promote it.
The series continues from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday.
The program until the end of June is as follows:
¯ Sarah Marino — June 16;
¯ Almost Famous Dam — June 23; and
¯ Sean Patrick McGraw — June 30.
There are three options for concert locations.
The stage is set up at the back of the YMCA building overlooking the park. On particularly hot days, the show could use the pavilion at the west end of the park. And, in case of rain, Brokenstraw Winery — a few blocks across Highway 6 on Hillside Drive — would host, Nelson said.