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Free concerts at Hall Library
Don Fowler

In these difficult economic times, the City of Cranston has managed to solicit funding for free concerts at Garden City and Edgewood.

We have always enjoyed sitting on the well-kept lawn in front of the William Hall Library at 1825 Broad St. in Cranston’s Edgewood section, watching quality musical entertainment. It is a great opportunity to see your neighbors and an occasional politician, including Mayor Fung, and shake hands with the always-smiling librarian, John Bucci.

You’ll see people enjoying picnic lunches or pizza from Vivaldi’s across the street, while their young kids run around the lawn and roll down the small grass embankment.

This summer’s “Mayor’s Music…All Around Town” kicks off on July 7 with the Navy Band Northeast. This one is always on my agenda, as the Navy has some of the finest musicians in the country.

Vini Ames and Sh-Bop bring back the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s on July 14, followed by Abbey Rhode on July 21 and the Ten Rod Ramblers on July 28. Gemini will be performing on the library steps on Aug. 4, followed by Wayz & Means on Aug. 11. All of the concerts begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

The series is sponsored by the Washington Trust Company, whose volunteers have been passing out blue tote bags for the last few years.

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