Families in the Park to start Thursday

The 2003 Sprint Families in the Park series begins on Thursday featuring the music of the Swingline Cubs. The Cubs is the premier dance band in the Northwest and consists of eight members who perform a variety of music from the Big Band era, Calypso, Reggae and Rhythm and Blues. Lead singer Rupert Blaize is an established entertainer known for making everyone involved in the music.

The 21st season of Families in the Park consists of four Thursdays with the main entertainers taking the stage at 7 p.m. All Families in the Park will be held at Jackson Park at 13th and May in Hood River.

Rounding out the remaining three Thursdays of music will be the bluegrass sound of the Knott Brothers on Aug. 14, national jazz recording artist Tom Grant and his band will perform on Aug. 21, and then on Aug. 28 it’s the fun sound of the 10-piece Satin Love Orchestra with their 70s sound and stage antics. Each concert is free to the public due to the generous donations of dozens businesses and organizations.

On opening Thursday, it will be Hood River Heights Business Association and US Bank Night in the park. Gorge Gymnastics will be performing as the warm-up entertainment from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. The evening starts off with a fundraising dinner in the park put on by the Lions Eyeopeners Club. They will be serving a Fajita dinner starting at 6 p.m., and will continue to serve food well into the evening. There will be many food vendors in the park offering tastes from root beer floats to kettle corn. The opening night will feature a raffle for a special prize. Concerts last until 9 p.m.

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