posted on: 08/20/2012 - 3:27pm by Cosmos
Smokey writes: Dear Cosmos, my family has spent so much time at the beach this summer, I’m afraid we’ve missed all the great activities that go on in Balboa Park this time of year. Is there still time to catch any of it?
Cosmos responds: While it’s never too late to catch the many great things going on in the Park at any given time, you’ve certainly dug quite a hole for yourself if you still want to enjoy some of the special summertime events. Fortunately, you can still “catch up” on what you’ve been missing at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
A good place to start is the final two weeks of the Twilight in the Park concert series, weeknights at 6:15pm through August 30. This week, you can get a taste of this program’s diverse offerings with performances by the Stoney B Blues Band (August 21), the U.S. Navy Southwest Band (August 22), and the Coronado Concert Band (August 23), featuring Broadway showtunes.
Closing out the series next week will be the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra (August 28). You and your packmates will have a howling good time dancing the evening away to big band swing hits from yesteryear. The nostalgia trip gets a bit trippier, if not downright gnarly, the following night, when the Coolrays bring their unique blend of California surfer music to the Speckels stage on Wednesday, August 29.
Last but not least, you can still even catch the Grande Finale performance of the International Summer Organ Festival on Monday, August 27, at 7pm. Dr. Carol Williams is joined by the Spreckels Festival Choir and other special guests on a variety of compositions, including G. F. Handel’s “Hallelujah,” “I Feel Pretty” from Westside Story, and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
If that isn’t enough to put a swing in your step, don’t forget that all of these events are free, and all species and breeds are welcome – provided having a howling good time doesn’t involve excessive howling.