This year, the New Holland Summer Arts Association will celebrate 40 years of its Entertainment in the Park program.
The annual concert series brings oldies, Celtic, country and world music acts to New Holland Community Park Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. (The only exception is July 6, when there is no show.)
“New Holland probably has the most aggressive schedule of any concert series, having three shows a week in July and August,” says Sue Noll, the secretary and treasurer of the arts association.
The series kicks off on Saturday with an arts and craft show in the park. Noll hopes the show familiarizes attendees with the park before the musical events begin.
Admission to all events is free, made possible by sponsorships from local businesses and organizations.
As in past years, attendees may bring chairs, blankets and picnics. There also will be a food truck at each concert.
In the event of significant rain, concerts will be moved indoors to the chapel of nearby Garden Spot Village. Noll says the concerts attract about 300 people on average, but popular acts can attract up to 1,000.
All concerts are 7-9 p.m. unless otherwise specified. For more information, visit newhollandsummerarts.com.
Saturday, June 29: Arts and Craft Show.
More than 80 vendors will sell their wares from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goods include jewelry, candles and beard balms and butters.
Thursday, July 4: New Holland Band.
The community band founded in 1829 will soundtrack the series’ annual Independence Day show. Fireworks will follow the music. Rain date is July 5.
Sunday, July 7: Summit Hill.
Roger Eberlin, Ron McVey, Tim Kilby and Keith Kupp perform in this Pennsylvania bluegrass band.
Wednesday, July 10: Charlie Zahm.
A guitarist and vocalist, Zahm performs Celtic music as well as tunes from the Civil War era.
Saturday, July 13: The Nomads.
Lancaster’s own The Nomads performs oldies favorites such as “Rock Around the Clock.”
Sunday, July 14: Sam Schmidthuber.
This Morgantown teen sings country in a deep voice that sounds beyond his years.
Wednesday, July 17: Big Boy Brass.
Millersville University graduates founded this lively New Orleans-style brass band that reinvents popular hits.
Saturday, July 20: Elvis and the Memphis Mafia.
Bob Loughleed is Elvis in this tribute act, which last performed in New Holland with a backing track. This year, Loughleed is joined by a full band.
Sunday, July 21: Temple Avenue Jazz Quintet.
The young performers of this jazz group invigorate old standards with their youthful energy.
Wednesday, July 24: Jubilation Jazz.
Gospel gets big band flair from this Arkansas group that has performed everywhere from Brazil to Jordan to Trinidad.
Saturday, July 27: The New Individuals.
This nostalgic group performs songs from the ’60s and ’70s by classic artists such as the Beach Boys and the Beatles.
Sunday, July 28: Servant Stage Co.
The Lancaster theatrical group’s 2019 show “Let Freedom Ring” bills itself as a musical celebration of America with patriotic songs old and new.
Wednesday, July 31: Conley & Watson.
Dover Conley and Tom Watson perform country mixed with rock and pop. The duo has more than 30 years of experience playing in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
Saturday, Aug. 3: John Bressler.
Garden Spot High School grad John Bressler returns to his home turf as a celebration of Entertainment in the Park’s 40th anniversary. Bressler has been entertaining guests on cruise ships for decades with music, comedy, audience participation and special effects.
Sunday, Aug. 4: West Chester Community Concert Band.
This all-volunteer community concert band formed in 1986. The group performs classics, jazz, marches and contemporary arrangements.
Wednesday, Aug. 7: CAISO Steeldrum Band.
The Carribbean American International Steel Orchestra plays calypso, reggae, and Latin jazz.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Polka Whooo.
Steelton and Harrisburg-area Polka band Polka Whooo plays polkas, waltzes, big band, country and the oldies.
Sunday, Aug. 11: The Vinegar Creek Constituency.
Led by Lancaster singer-songwriter Leo DiSanto, The Vinegar Creek Constituency describes its musical style as “Amerikindasorta.” (The clever label is also the title of the group’s latest album.)
Wednesday, Aug. 14: Den & Terry Duo.
These musicians performed together for years in the Younger Brothers Band. As a duo, they play oldies, classic rock, soul, pop, country and gospel.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Mitch and the Mood Swings.
This nine-piece band plays music from the ’60s and ’70s such as soul, Motown and rock.
Sunday, Aug. 18: Mark DeRose and the Dreadnought Brigade.
The Lancaster acoustic-driven rock and roots band recommends itself for fans of Van Morrison, Counting Crows and the Band.
Monday, Sept. 2: Fiddlers’ Picnic.
About 2,000 people attend this celebration of stringed music, which includes performances and plenty of opportunities for musicians to jam with each other. The picnic is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.