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Connellsville Recreation Board plans for music events in the parks

| Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

The Connellsville Recreation Board hopes to fill city parks with music this summer.

Vince Cuneo, brother and manager for Connellsville native and musician Cait Cuneo, told the board Monday that his sister would like to do a concert in Connellsville.

“She would love to play a hometown show,” Cuneo said. “Connellsville is our hometown and we would like to make this a huge event for all ages.”

The board said possible sites for the concert would be East Park or the Porter Theater at the Connellsville Community Center.

“She would be amazing on the stage at the Porter Theater,” said recreation board member Greg Lincoln. “But the acoustics in East Park are also awesome.”

Cuneo said he will visit both areas and then a date for a concert can be discussed.

Connellsville Councilman Greg Ritch, who is director of parks and recreation, said either location would be great for the city.

“We'd love to have her here however we can get her here,” Ritch said.

Also having music on their minds, Dave Lynne and Bryan McMullen presented a preliminary outline for a music festival tentatively set for Oct. 5 in East Park.

The event will feature several bands, possibly including Cait Cuneo and her band as the opening act.

Lincoln said several issues at the park have to be addressed, such as electricity to the stage and handrails in the tunnel. But Lincoln felt it would be a viable option to host the big festival in the park.

“We would like it to be family-friendly,” Dave Lynne said of the event. “Bring your family to the park for the event.”

Lynne questioned the board about security, parking and food vendors.

“There is plenty of room down there for vendors.” Lincoln said.

The board discussed having a smaller music event in Yough River Park to see what the response from the community would be, selecting July 12 as a possible date.

“That is the day of the triathlon and people may come to that, then stick around,” Leigh Ann Lincoln said, adding that the river park is always crowded in the summer.

Volunteers are needed to help with summer events as well.

The board is ifinalizing details for a wine-tasting event tentatively set for May 25, and a corn hole tournament that may be held in June.

”This is what we want to do,” Greg Lincoln said. “Our goal has been to have something for the people of Connellsville to do.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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