Written by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi: Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
Last weekend, the Business Improvement District began its Downtown Sounds Music Series on Friday evening July 3, with the music of Uppercut. The Village Square was filled with more than 200 residents and the surrounding downtown sidewalks and restaurants were filled to capacity with patrons as our city’s summer of music began.
On Saturday, July 4, the weekend continued with a children’s bicycle parade. The inspiration for the bicycle parade came from residents Cheryl Carmody and Patty Pilla 17 years ago. More than 200 children and their parents set off from Finley Middle School destined for the Village Square where refreshments were served and the Glen Cove Mayor and City Council led the children through the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of a few patriotic songs. It was the start of a beautiful day for families who celebrated Independence Day with barbecues or a day at the beach. Later that afternoon at Morgan Park residents were treated to the sounds of the Les Stanco Group followed by the evening performance of the Northwinds Symphonic Band led by East Island resident Helen Bauer. A beautiful fireworks display followed to entertain the over 3,000 residents gathered at the park.
This wonderful weekend of music continued on July 5 as the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival kicked off its 50th season of free concerts in the park. A crowd of 500 people or more were treated to the music of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. Government officials took a few moments at the beginning and during intermission to present well-deserved citations and proclamations.
It was a weekend of great weather, great music and great history. The Downtown Sounds program continues on Friday nights through July and the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival runs every weekend through July and August.
On the weekend of July 17, 18 and 19 the City of Glen Cove is sponsoring the Gold Coast Jazz Festival with over 16 hours of music over three days. We are led into the weekend with the Downtown Sound program featuring the Dave Berger Octet and on Saturday and Sunday local and world-renowned musicians will keep the music playing. Watch the local papers and City of Glen Cove website for information about upcoming events throughout the community. Enjoy your summer in Glen Cove. It’s the place to be.