Sponsored by the Greencastle Civic League, the long-running series offers free concerts for audiences of all ages picnicking, visiting with friends and watching children take advantage of nearby playground equipment at the Bob Flanigan bandshell.
Van Terry, the folk duo of Mike Van Rensselaer and Steve Terry, kick off this year's series, which will add an extra half-hour of music to each of the traditional hour-long performances.
For three decades the teacher-mail carrier pair has harmonized and picked banjo, mandolin and guitar at a variety of venues ranging from folk history/character education convocations at schools to its latest appearance at DePauw's Relay for Life this spring.
Drawing on the rich tradition of folk music from the English Isles and American roots, the duo intersperse the work of more contemporary artists such as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and Credence Clearwater Revival to broaden the appeal of their performances.
They will also perform two of their own compositions, add verses of their own to traditional songs and tell stories, all of which characterize them as contributors to the folk process.
Parkfest will be staged on Tuesdays from June 14 to Aug. 23. After Van Terry's performance on Tuesday, the following performers will play at Robe-Ann Park:
June 21 -- Convergence -- Classic jazz trio
June 28 -- The Fret Set -- Traditional folk music
July 5 -- Brazil Concert Band -- Patriotic music at Gobin United Methodist Church
July 12 -- The Mongrel Dogs -- Folk/country blues
July 19 -- Lutherans on Bluegrass -- Gospel bluegrass
Aug. 9 -- Covered Bridge Country Women's Barbershop Chorus -- a capella
Aug. 16 -- Tony Harmless -- Original music
Aug. 23 -- Saturday Shoes -- Country rock
Parkfest attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating for Tuesday's performance, which is co-sponsored by the Greencastle Park and Recreation Department.