One came from Athens, Greece, and the other arrived from Frankfurt, Germany. Both of them made a rendezvous in Hazelwood to see their friend, Tom Christopher, perform as the “King of Rock.”
Jenny Adam of Athens, Greece, has been one of Tom’s friends for about a year and a half. “She recently came to America with the intention of seeing his show Saturday night in Hazelwood during her trip,” said Tim Davidson, communications coordinator, City of Hazelwood. Jenny attended the concert with Tim and Kym Welshan.
The other visitor, Anna Lisa Mannheimer of Frankfurt, Germany, was eager to see Tom’s performance and came early to get a front row seat. It worked to her advantage because he introduced her as a close friend during the concert and came down to give her one of his scarves, as well as a hug and kiss. He then dedicated a song to her, “In the Ghetto,” which was one of her favorites.
“To have people coming in from different parts of the world to watch a band we chose for this year’s Hazelwood Summer Concert Series indicates that we’re offering our residents quality entertainment at a great value,” said Pam Reynolds, facility manager, Hazelwood Community Center. “Where else can you take a family, or even a date, and enjoy a full concert under the stars for free. It’s the best deal in town.”
Reynolds points out that the Tom Christopher Band was initially supposed to perform under the new gazebo in Truman Park. But with the strong storms that came through the area Saturday morning and the forecast of more rain by The Weather Channel, a decision was made to move the event inside to prevent the equipment from getting ruined and to keep people safe from the elements. Plans are to host the next three (3) band performances at Truman Park, weather permitting.
The City of Hazelwood is the latest to join the ranks of local municipalities that offer free summer concerts for residents. Bands chosen for this year’s schedule offer a variety of music genres to satisfy everyone’s tastes. The next three (3) summer concerts will be performed by the following bands:
|July 16||Bob Kuban Band – The Decades of Top 40s|
|July 30||KLOSE’NUFF – Classic Hits|
|Aug 3||The Chaz45 Band – R&B, Funk, Classic Rock|
Admission is free and open to the public. Residents living nearby are encouraged to walk over for this summertime entertainment. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets, snacks and coolers. No glass containers are allowed. Additional parking available at White Birch Park with shuttle bus service beginning at 6 p.m. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. It’s an inexpensive way to spend quality time with the family, meet the neighbors, or make new friends.
Photos of International Guests:
Left Photo: Jenny Adam of Athens, Greece, poses with her friend Tim Welshan.
Right Photo: Anna Lisa Mannheimer of Frankfurt, Germany, gets a scarf, hug and kiss from Tom Christopher who performed as Elvis.
Kids Photo: The kids dancing in the picture are Caitlyn and Logan Dresser, grandchildren of Hazelwood resident Debby Clenney.