Like robins returning in the spring, residents and visitors alike will be flocking to downtown Van Alstyne to take advantage of the activities kicking off Tuesday evening.
Tuesday brings the first of the monthly Music In The Park concerts, with the Bent Creek Band playing on the Dorothy Fielder Park stage. That begins at 6 p.m. and with the sun not setting until nearly 8 p.m. music will continue into the early evening. The park is at the northwest corner of East Jefferson Street (FM 121) and North Main street. Ample free parking is available on the east side of Main Street.
Texas Star Bank is sponsoring this month’s Music in the Park and will provide cold water for the public. Anyone interested in sponsoring future concerts is encouraged to call the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce, which produced the series each year. That phone number is 903-482-6066. All calls will be returned.
The Bent Creek Band is from all around North Texas, mostly Grayson County, and made up of musicians with varied backgrounds and musical influences. They brought those together during old-fashioned jam sessions where they began creating and solidifying their own sound and style. With an emphasis on 70s country, they also bring red dirt, classic and southern rock genres, their eclectic playlist touches on many different styles and genres to provide something for everyone’s toe-tapping and dancing pleasure.
The band includes Brent Hollensed and Claude Webb Jr on vocals and guitars, Jeff Youree on mandolin, Larry Cox on bass and keyboards, and Chris Reeves on drums. They have been a Fall der All regular band for the past four years, a favorite with young and old alike.
Lawn chairs are suggested for this and all Music in the Park concerts. Ice chests are welcome, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed, as this is city property.
Music in the Park will be on the third Tuesdays of each month through the summer.
Also, Tuesday night brings the return of the Railcar Farmers Market for its second year. The Farmers Market, last year, offered fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade goodies including honey and pies, handcrafted items, and even knife-sharpening. A variety of goods and services are available at reasonable prices.
The Farmers Market, sponsored by the Van Alstyne Community Development Corporation, will be at the Railcar stage park, which parallels South Main Street and the railroad tracks. Some vendors can take debit or credit cards, others prefer cash.
Coordinated by Roy and Debbie Chandler of Grandkid Acres, just outside Van Alstyne, the Railcar Farmers Market runs from 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday throughout the summer, weather permitting. Call them at 903-818-1218 for details on how to become a vendor. Or for general details on this weekly event, call the Community Development Corporation at 903-712-2002.