The band Potters Field performs on the opening evening of the Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department’s summer concert series at Community Field on Wednesday. BZ photos
A sense of seasonal normalcy returned in Litchfield on Wednesday evening as the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer concert series got underway at Community Field with a performance by the local band Potters Field.
“We didn’t think we’d have music this summer, so this is a great thing for everyone involved,” Parks and recreation Director Brent Hawkins said as he surveyed a crowd of about 100 spread out on the field. “A big thank you goes to Jim Keller, chairman of of our Parks and Recreation Commission, the members of the commission and the volunteers who put in a lot of work to make it happen.”
The concert series, a summer staple on the Litchfield Green, was moved to Community Field to provide the room that would allow for the social distancing required by the state. Those attending had to register beforehand at myrec.com (available on the Parks and Recreation Department link at townoflitchfield.org) and sat in small groups in designated areas of the field. Groups were not allowed to mingle during the concert.
Hawkins, Keller, commission members and volunteers greeted arrivals at the field gate and directed them to their seating areas in a well-organized operation. First Selectman Denise Raap delivered welcoming remarks before Potters Field began jamming.
There will be three more concerts at the field: RPM on Aug. 12; Country Steel on Aug. 19; and Apricot Brandy on Aug. 26. The shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. A showing of the movie Grease will be held at the field next Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Advance registration at myrec.com is required for the concerts and movie.
Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jim Keller, second from right, and his sons, from left, James, Nate and Trevor, were on duty.
Parks and Recreation Commission member Michael Lyn Cappello, left, leads Nancy Rogers of Litchfield to her seating area.
Fitness guru Alan Landau and his wife, Beth, are greeted by Parks and Recreation Commission member Lisa Bauer as they arrive for the concert.
Volunteer Shannon Gollow directs Linda and Peter Weik to their seats on the field.
Parks and recreation Director Brent Hawkins and Parks and Recreation Commission member Pam Orde watch the crowd arrive.
A view of the field as seen through the lens of a camera on a drone flown by Peter Tavino of Litchfield.
Parks and Recreation Commission member Rob Gollow provides instructions to an arriving concert-goer.
Sam and Colleen Kinkade of Litchfield enjoyed dinner and drinks at the field.
First Selectman Denise Raap welcomes the crowd before the start of the music.