This Wednesday saw the kickoff of the Port Warwick Summer Concert Series in Newport News, and with hundreds locals gathered to eat, dance, and play. It felt like a movie scene of summer.
The Deloreans brought the 80s back with songs like “Walking on Sunshine,” “Jesse’s Girl,” and “We’ve Got the Beat,” not to mention their checkered suits, groovy hair, and neon legwarmers. It was fun, they were goofy, and the silliness of it all helped folks cut loose. Kids danced up front to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and the parents got in on the action, too.
For the rest of the 500 plus people in attendance, there was ample space to enjoy the cool evening weather and the company of family and friends. The front half of the park hosted overlapping circles of camp chairs where folks laughed and dined together. I saw at least one crockpot with something that smelled sweet in it, but plenty of folks got their dinners from food trucks and nearby restaurants like Schlesinger’s, Fin, and the Brickhouse Tavern.
And in the back half of the park I found cornhole boards, teens to sing footballs around, and toddlers in rainboots hopping in puddles. And there were dogs; so many wonderful, beautiful dogs. I don’t know if there’s an active dog community in Port Warwick, but however they got there, they brought a lot of smiles to the concert-goers’ faces. And major sponsors Virginia Health Services help ensure that elderly residents and local seniors get to make the trip, which makes the feeling of community complete.
This summer series is ongoing, with a different free concert every Wednesday from 6-9pm. Next week will feature the Right On Band, which will bring out the 70s tunes, and June 7 will have funk & rock coming from Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos. All performances are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the summer series’ website.