Marion by Moonlight                      

Summer excitement is in the air once again as our calendars fill with fun events and gatherings. Marion Square Park is the place to be on Thursday evenings in June as Farmers State Bank (FSB) is excited to host the annual Marion by Moonlight event. The family-focused event is scheduled for June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2017 and features a different band each week. Bring your cooler, lawn chairs, appetite, family and friends to this year’s concerts and take some time to enjoy the food and music.

The free concert series began in 1996, with an idea from Lynn Ciha who was new to the staff at FSB. She suggested that the bank sponsor a one-night concert in Marion Square Park. The event was intended to be a gift to the community and the FSB staff had no idea what to expect for attendance. When over 1,700 people turned out, they knew it was the beginning of a Marion tradition. Now, the event is a tradition for Marion and area residents.

“At FSB, we thrive on giving back to the community. Marion by Moonlight is just one of events we sponsor locally, but we especially look forward to this one since it brings so many people together to experience the magic of Uptown Marion,” says Lynn Ciha, Vice President, Marketing.

This year the concerts begin around 6:30 and ends by 9:30. The park will be full of great music and fantastic food. Local vendors will start serving at 6:00 and this year Zio Johno’s, Maid Rite, Kettlehouse, Ramsey’s, MJ’s Restaurant, and the Freeze will be on hand to provide dinner and dessert.

The music venue is different each week which offers something for everyone and this year the entertainment will be better than ever.

Bands scheduled to perform are:
June 1st: Bamboozlers – A Jimmy Buffet feel-good type of music. They play everything from Reggae to Country.

June 8th: The Blue Scratch Band - Classic Rock and R&B that will get your feet moving with tasty bits of the Blues to bind your heart and stir your soul. (in their words)

June 15th: The LARGE Midgets - Known to bring audiences a mix of rocked-up classics, new hits, and hard rock, the Midgets set the pace for energetic performance, playing something for everyone, and having fun.

June 22nd: The Zachary Freedom Duo – From their website: Along with my original content spanning multiple genres, I also sing and play tunes you love from the last 60 years from artists like CCR, Van Morrison, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, John Legend, Florida Georgia Line, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, Ray Charles, The Script, Kings of Leon, John Mayer, Garth Brooks, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and more. (they’re a real grab bag of awesome music)

For a complete list of FSB sponsored events, including those in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Alburnett; check their website at www.myfsbonline.com. Weather cancellations will also be listed on the site and posted on FSB’s Facebook page. The staff at FSB looks forward to seeing you there!

 

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