Downtown filled with music

It seems Mother Nature is a music fan as the weather co-operated for this week's Civic Sounds.

The first free concert of the year was cancelled last week due to rain, but yesterday the heavens cleared and a large crowd gathered in Civic Plaza for the popular event.

Local band Feet First brought their home-grown sound to the venue with Ruth Hoyte and her dance group filling in when the band took a break.

Put on by the Downtown Vernon Association, Civic Sounds runs all summer.

“We have scheduled many of the region’s well-known bands in hopes that there will be something for everyone,” said Dudley Coulter, DVA events and marketing co-ordinator, adding the concert series is meant to showcase the amenities Downtown Vernon has to offer.

“Our hope is that people stick around after the show and enjoy food and drinks at a downtown eatery or pub. Many eateries offer promotions on Thursday evenings.”

There will be two-to-three food vendors on-site each week as well.

Although the concert series is free to attend, the event organizer and sponsors are asking attendees who are able to bring cash donations to help support the food bank.

“Alongside our sponsors, the goal is to raise $4,000, or 12,000 meals for the local food bank,” said Coulter.

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