October is almost here and with the (hopefully) cooler temperatures, comes a reason to spend your lunch hour in Munn Park each Monday during the month.
The first free lunch time concert in the park on Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., features singer/songwriter Rebekah Pulley.
In addition to live music, the LDDA brings board games, corn hole and coloring pages for concert goers. Several downtown restaurants offer “brown bag” lunch specials to make your lunch concert experience even more convenient.
Music Munndays began in February with an eight-week series of performances in the park. LDDA Executive Director Julie Townsend said the concerts were a resounding success, which made it easy to bring back the event for the fall.
The spring series was phenomenal from the ISO’s perspective, says ISO Executive Director Amy Wiggins.
“We love any opportunity to bring live music to the community, and it appeared as though the people in Lakeland and those who traveled from outside the city loved it,” Wiggins says. “I think Julie and I were both surprised by how many people came out. We look forward to doing this again, because Downtown is such a fun place to be.”
Townsend isn’t sure what to expect this time, in terms of the audience.
“Our goal in the spring was to draw people out of their offices to enjoy a picnic lunch on their breaks,” she says
Townsend and Wiggins were pleasantly surprised to find that parents and their young children, professionals who work from home, and retirees came to the park with chairs and blankets. Rather than just spend their lunch hour, many stayed for the full two hours.
“We hope that they come back,” Townsend says.
Townsend also is reaching out to schools that are within walking distance in case they want to bring their classes to the park.
October’s performances are run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
Oct. 10: Imperial Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 17: Brimer & Mummey
Oct. 24: Dean Johanesen
Oct. 31: DJ Mike Richards (Halloween dance party)
These events are free and open to the public. Munn Park is located at 201 E. Main St.