Holts Landing summer concerts begin June 28

Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.

“People want to come down there, chill out, get away from the beach — it’s the perfect place to do it,” said organizer Duncan Cornell, who said he loves the simplistic, natural setting. “It’s a quiet place to go, take your family, walk your dog.”

Guests can enjoy live music, cornhole, horseshoes and marshmallows roasted in the new fire pit. State park naturalists will also lead demonstrations of seining, crabbing and clamming.

People can bring a picnic dinner, chairs, bug spray, kayaks, fishing or crabbing gear (and their current fishing permit), and anything else, for a comfy evening on the bay.

The free events run from 6 to 9 p.m., with music at 7 p.m. This season’s concerts include:

• June 28 — LoosEndz (Christel and Paul Grandell)

• July 19 — The New Olivet String Band (Charlie Papparella, Charles Lynch and John Perdue)

• Aug. 9 — Smilin’ Drake (Drake Burd)

“There’s a wide range of things to do. So come down to the park and hang out,” Cornell said. “It’s old-school.”

In 2015, the state parks sponsored the events for Holts’ 50th anniversary. This year, the fledgling Friends of Holts Landing volunteer group took over the new tradition.

“It’s our second year. We’ve done a lot with making the trails very accessible now, very open, get some signage up, make it a little more user-friendly,” said Cornell, a member of the Friends.

“Come on out and enjoy the beauty of Holts Landing and what it has to offer,” he said.

The park is located at 26909 Holts Landing Road in Millville. Details for all Delaware State Park concerts are online at www.destateparks.com/summerconcerts. Details about Friends of Holts Landing State Park are online at www.facebook.com/friendsofholts.