September 2011 home page

reprint of this 1983 article courtesy Jan McMillan
Beginning Twilights
Mary Hale, for the Del Mar Spectator in 1983


Imagine rolling lawns, a sea breeze, and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Families and groups gather with blankets and picnic hampers while musicians tune their instruments. An evening concert begins in the special setting of Seagrove Park as the sun begins its descent.

A summer concert series in Seagrove is planned for Monday evenings, alternating with City Council sessions. The free public concerts, especially designed to please a broad range of ages and interests, will include folk singer Sam Hinton on July, 11 and an “American Evening” with the Chicago Six on July 25.

In August, there will be selections from Gilbert & Sullivan by the Marine Band. September brings the Sprague Brothers and the Cheathams, all well-known jazz musicians. Concluding the series will be Stones Throw on September 26, nostalgia music of the 40s and 50s.

Volunteers in association with the Del Mar Foundation have worked hard to create this free public program. Mike Ernst, chairman of the concert committee, has received wonderful support from Bert Turetsky internationally renowned musician, who has helped to select the program, Swede Throneson of the Chamber of Commerce, Al Dillon of cable TV, Mary Hale of Del Mar Days, Stan Silbert of the Parks and Rec Committee and especially Councilman Lou Terrell, who has encouraged the group to achieve this ambitious schedule.

In addition, John Dempsey, nationally published artist, has created a signed, limited edition print celebrating this first concert series. The edition will be limited to a maximum of 150 prints. John has developed the original plate, bone “A” tier, under the direction of Jean Braley of the La Jolla Atelier. Master printmaker Bill Kelly of Brighton Press will pull the edition under Dempsey’s guidance.

The concert committee is very pleased to offer this quality print, celebrating Del Mar’s Seagrove Twilight Concerts, as part of their fundraising effort. The prints will be available while copies remain to those who contribute $100 or more to the tax-exempt Del Mar Foundation.

The concert series will provide an opportunity for families and friends of Del Mar, of all ages, to come together informally to enjoy good music in the exceptional scenic at-mosphere of our own Seagrove Park.



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