Concerts bring 35 years of summer entertainment to the community [South Laurel/Montpelier]

As the summer reaches its peak, the South Laurel/Montpelier community provides a wealth of opportunities to take advantage of the summer weather. This year the Montpelier Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the South Laurel Recreation Council, celebrates the 35th anniversary of these free concerts and performances on the lawn of Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. The concert on Friday, July 26 will showcase the talents of The Winstons as they perform a selection of Motown and soul favorites. On Friday, Aug. 9, Jennifer Rose and the Mixx get the audience going with country and rock selections. The concerts are free and are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and your family and friends to enjoy the show at the unique Montpelier Mansion setting. Heavy, prolonged rain on the performance date will result in the performance being canceled. Call 301-953-7882 after 5 p.m. on the day of the performance to determine if the show will go on.

On Friday, July 19, there is a special presentation of Shakespeare in the Park on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion. This season's play is "The Tempest," and showtime is 7 to 9:30 p.m. The rain location for this performance is Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel Bowie Road.

Deerfield Run Community Center is also the location for a varied series of events this summer. Teens and young adults, ages 12 to 24, are invited to participate in "Safe Summer" activities at the center from 10 p.m. to midnight. No reservations are required, but participants must have a picture ID in order to be admitted. Zumba classes for kids ages 6 to 13 are offered Saturdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m. and on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Those interested in learning or improving their roller skating skills can take roller skating lessons at the center on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. More information about any of these activities may be obtained by calling Deerfield at 301-953-7882.

Let's all have a fun-filled and safe July and August. Remember to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water as we participate with our neighbors in all these fun events.

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