Central Park offers movie, music and magic in July

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

A movie, music and magic will keep area residents and out-of-town visitors coming to Central Park, Orion, this summer.

Main Street Orion will host  movie and music night on Wednesday, July 9, and the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band on Monday, July 21.

Orion United Methodist Church will host a magic show and a music concert on Friday, July 18.

Main Street Orion’s second free movie and music night of the summer will feature the Bix Youth Band at 6:30 p.m. The band comprises teenagers from Quad City middle and high schools, including Orion High School's own Jim Hills. Band members are selected by teacher recommendations and auditions.

The Bix Youth Band will also perform at the Bix Jazz Festival from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, in Davenport.

While the Bix Youth Band performs, a sandwich supper consisting of barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs and brats will be served.

The evening will continue with the Orion Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Also at this time, additional concessions of popcorn, candy and ice cream will be sold.

At dusk, “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner will be screened.

The event is sponsored by Bart Sampson Construction and Orion EMS.

Rain date for the event will be Thursday, July 10.

Fans will come from Wisconsin, Kansas and other states to hear Bill Allred’s group.

Advance tickets are on sale  at a discounted price through July 18.

Tickets are available in Orion at BankORION, Village Hall and the Main Street Orion office, in Moline at all BankORION locations, in Davenport  at Northwest Music, and in Cambridge and Annawan BankORION locations.

The concert will be from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sponsors include Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, BankORION, Modern Woodmen, Frontier Communications and Casey’s General Store.

On July 18, the Methodist Church will host “A Magical Night in the Park.”

At 6 p.m. Orion Music Boosters will serve refreshments and TLC?Preschool will offer ice cream.

At 7 p.m., Glenda and Mike Mann of Hutchinson, Kan., will perform magic and a puppet show.

A Naperville vocal ensemble called If will be on stage at 8 p.m.

In the event of rain, everything will be moved to the church.