Milford’s Music in the Park
Kay Hudson, Director at the Milford Public Library, says Milford’s Music in the Park started 10 years ago as a way for the library to give back to the community and it has grown ever since.
Kay says the amphitheater, which was built along with the library in 1993, is the perfect venue for the event and has even prompted acts to contact her first. She says the Army band, ‘Down Range,’ asked if they could play at Music in the Park and has been back every year since.
Despite its name, Music in the Park isn’t just about music. It’s also about revitalization.
Peggy Reily, from Downtown Milford Merchants, says that Downtown Milford Merchants decided to collaborate with the Milford Library in an effort to boost business and get people downtown. They implemented Third Thursday’s back in June, but for the month of July, they will be open on Wednesdays during Music in the Park, which gives a chance for patrons to enjoy music, as well as the many vendors Downtown Milford has to offer.
Kay says the food at Music in the Park comes from a very active friends of our library group, who were able to raise more than $250,000 for the library since 2000. She says the support from this group is integral to the event, as they sponsor it, pay for the bands and provide the food.
This year, the friends of our library group will be serving their famous hot dogs, as well as soda, water, snacks and ice cream. Kay says the turnout at Music in the Park has been incredible and hopes people will come out again this year to sit down and enjoy the music and scenery, or venture downtown to the shops.
Music in the Park takes place at the amphitheater directly behind the library at 7 p.m. on July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and will run for about an hour. The Army Band, ‘Down Range,’ will be playing on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m.