SCNA President’s message: Music in the Park helps bring neighborhood together

With summer over and fall trying to lower temperatures and change leaf color, I want to take a moment to reflect on how many of us came together to dance and sing during the 2019 Music in the Park concert series.

At the first concert alone, featuring the new-to-Sacramento Latin jazz funk sounds of Sang Matiz, Ranger Carl from the city Parks Department estimated at least 800 people attended.

At our second concert, following an incredible artisan fair in the park, another 300 to 400 people came out to the classic rock and fantastic horns of On Air.

And, to cap it off, we ended strong with Curtis Park (and Sacramento) fan faves Kitty O’Neal and Kurt Spataro with Skylar’s Pool, and nearly 400 people enjoying the bluesy, jazzy rock of summer fun in the neighborhood.

These concerts – made possible by sponsors Councilmember Jay Schenirer (free Gunther’s ice cream), Cook Realty (our official facepainting sponsor) and SMUD – give hundreds of people the chance to feel like they are part of our community, even when they come from beyond Curtis Park.

SCNA board members appreciate that we present events that draw so many neighbors, friends and families from around Sacramento. While many neighbors know and socialize with one another regularly, there are many new faces in and around Curtis Park, and many more soon to come as home construction continues in Crocker Village. Events like Music in the Park give our new neighbors an joyful way to become part of this established neighborhood.

We look forward to our autumn events and even more in the coming year. As new families continue to move into the neighborhood, attendance is sure to rise at events such as the mid-winter crab feed (dessert auction heaven), the spring Egg Hunt (hundreds of children scrambling for even more hundreds of colored eggs) and next summer’s Music in the Park series. If you are a longtime Curtis Park resident, thanks for making the neighborhood inviting.

If you are new(ish) to our slice of Sacramento, welcome. There is a lot of fun in the making, and we’re happy to have you be part of it.

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