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Free concert, fireworks highlight Lights on the Lake in Conway

by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | June 21, 2009 at 2:09 a.m.

— The Conway Symphony Orchestra will offer a free performance, followed by fireworks, at Lights Over the Lake on Saturday at Beaverfork Park in Conway.

The festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. with an opening show from The Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band. The children of the Davanzo family, ranging in age from 10 to 14, have performed at events across Arkansas and competed in several state and regional bluegrass and fiddle competitions.

The Conway Symphony Orchestra perform a selection of patriotic favorites. Music Director and Conductor Israel Getzov has chosen music the whole family will enjoy that includes scores from Broadway and the movies.

"We'll salute our state's history with 'Arkansas Traveler,'" Getzov said. "And we'll end the program and usher in the fireworks with 'Stars and Stripes Forever.'"

The evening will also include remarks from Mayor Tab Townsell, an honor guard from the Conway Fire Departmentand a musical Armed Forces Salute. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Chairs or picnic blankets are recommended, and boats may be launched before 4 p.m. Once the fireworks begin, cars will not be able to leave the park due to spectators seated on the road.

The Conway Symphony concert is underwritten by Southwestern Energy Co. Fireworks are provided by the Conway Parks and Recreation Department. Beaverfork Park is north of Conway on Arkansas 25 (Old Wooster Highway) and is accessible from the new I-40 exit 124. In case of rain, Lights Over the Lake will be canceled. Call (501) 513-3591 for rainout decision, or (501) 269-1066 for more information.

River Valley Ozark, Pages 152 on 06/21/2009


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