The scene was pretty sweet at the The Meadows subdivision’s kick-off concert for its free summer concert series in Castle Rock.
Sweet music wasn’t all that filled the air at Butterfield Crossing Park.
Downwind from the cotton-candy machine, wisps of the stuff took flight frequently as the breeze blustered, and scads of kids would open their baby-bird mouths and leap and grab. The grass far beyond, and around tents and chairs, got a coating of the light-blue sugar hair.
It was just another thing that seemed to spark smiles of those nearby in the crowd of several thousand, in this scene of people-watching and picnics, and of alert dogs wanting some of the picnic, and kids running and dancing around like they had never known this kind of freedom before. And then there was the music: Denver area talent, Lost Caravan with some gypsy jazz, and country tunes with singer Walker Williams.
People seemed to be listening. Some said they were listening, kind of.
“It’s a social event. You’re looking for people you know,” said Brenda Brailsford, 38, of Castle Rock. “We’re usually not picky about the music.”
A representative spreading information about Castle Rock’s new hospital, Centura Health, said she enjoyed her tent’s location near the porta-potties. “Everyone comes by here,” she said and laughed.
“We ended up with 4,500 attendees at our first concert and cannot wait until July 17 and 31 when we get to do it again,” said Katie McCormick, sponsorship and communications specialist for The Meadows Neighborhood Co.
The July 17 concert starts with warm-up group The Nacho Men, which has been a warm-up group for singer Chuck Berry and others.
The headliner is FourEverFab, a Beatles tribute band.
If you go
What: Second concert in The Meadows concert series
When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 17
Bands: The Nacho Men, 5 to 6 p.m.; FourEverFab, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Butterfield Crossing Park, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Drive, Castle Rock. (Limited parking at park and at adjacent Meadow View Elementary School, 3700 Butterfield Crossing Drive.)
Price: Free. But donations of new school supplies will be accepted to benefit the Douglas County Educational Foundation’s Fill the Gap Program.