By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A popular Christian music series that’s been going strong in Dresden for more than 40 years has a new name and a new permanent location.
Formerly billed as “Sunday Evening in the Park,” the event – now known as “Dresden Christian Concerts” – has a new permanent home at Total Grain Systems/Sydenham Electric.
The new season is set to begin June 27 and will run every Sunday until Labour Day weekend.
Rev. Colin Paterson, chairman of the organizing committee, said the COVID-19 public health protocols will be strictly followed throughout the season.
“We’re going to be encouraging people, at least in the beginning, to remain in their vehicles,” Rev. Paterson explained.
A change in location was also necessitated, Paterson noted, as Jackson Park is no longer available. After a new fence was installed by the municipality, vehicle access to the park was blocked.
Plus, Paterson said, there was the ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 rules with regard to the municipal guidelines.
Last year, the summer music series was successfully held at the Total Grain Systems location at 1233 North St. for five weeks in August and September.
All 2021 events will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature 50 minutes of live music in addition to a 10-minute message from a local pastor.
The Dresden Christian Concerts 2021 debut June 27 and will feature One-A-Chord with Rev. Terry Clyne.
The concert series is put together by the Dresden and District Ministerial Association, which represents 13 local congregations.
Season schedule: July 4, Tina Pumfrey with Rev. Andrew Zomerman; July 11, Fish with Rev. Gord Tetley; July 18, Marc & Kim Reid with Rev. Colin Paterson; July 25, Mercy with Rev. Barry Kentner; Aug. 1, Sky Terminal (special all-ages event) with Pastor Nichelle Howarth; Aug. 8, Talent Night with message from Edwin Taylor; Aug. 15, Caribbean Night with Infrared with Pastor Ira Simpson; Aug. 22, Jeff & Tim with Rev. Terry Clyne; Aug. 29, Derrick Drover with Rev. Rob Elka; Sept. 5, The Chapelaires with Rev. Andy Cornell.
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