Music in park set

By submitted, 07/12/18 8:23 PM

WASHINGTON – Historic Washington State Park announces the annual summer concert series “Music in the Park” with the theme “Hempstead County Melodies.” A free concert will be held in July and August and is open to the public.

July 14 – Measure of Grace & Friends

August 18 – Bluegrass Reunion & Song Competition

Hempstead County was formed on December 15, 1818. This year is the 200th birthday of the county that originally encompassed all of Southwest Arkansas and parts of Northeast Texas. This year the music will focus on Hempstead County bands. A song competition will conclude the series in August with awards provided totaling $1,000 for the best song about Hempstead County.

Measure of Grace & Friends is a local gospel group from Hempstead County, Arkansas that is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through gospel music.  Group members are Randy & Misty Banks, and Wendy Martin.  All are members of Bethany Baptist Church in Spring Hill.

Bluegrass Reunion & Hempstead County Music Competition is a feature allowing musicians and soloists to compose and perform their own original work with some aspect of Hempstead County as the topic. Area judges will award prizes at the end of the eveningApplications for the contest can be received by calling the Park Visitor Center at 870-983-2684. Applications to perform must be postmarked by August 3, 2018. Learn more and apply for the music contest at Local Hempstead County band “Bluegrass Reunion” will also perform that evening.

Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to spread on the grounds of the 1874 Courthouse by 7:30 p.m. on concert dates. The gift shop will be open for refreshments and Williams’ Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11 am – 7 pm for dining. For more information, call 870-983-2684.