By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
Gray skies and rain sprinkles didn’t stop music lovers from attending at the first Mill Creek Metroparks concert of the season June 12. Sitting on blankets or folding chairs, patrons simply popped open umbrellas and continued to enjoy the music of the Zou at the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavilion.
Rain or shine, Bob and Sandy Mahaffey never miss the Live at the Morley performances.
“It’s very good,” Bob said.
They used an umbrella at the recent concert, but have found other ways to stay dry, if needed.
“We have come many a night and sat under the tree up there and listened to the music,” Sandy said.
Occasionally, they stay dry and warm in their car, rolling down the windows to hear the bands.
“We enjoy it, some more than others,” Sandy said laughing. “I like big band. We’re a little old for [the Zou] but you know what? After being cooped up all winter it’s just wonderful to just get outside, see nature.”
Bob said he enjoys country western and rock and roll music.
“They really do have a variety,” Sandy added.
Sue Desko had attended other events at the Morley Pavilion, but not the concerts.
“I heard that the Zou was playing,” Desko said. “And I’ve always wanted to hear them.”
Desko decided to bring her 3-year-old grandson, Nate Desko, along.
“I thought ‘oh, this is an opportunity [to hear the Zou]’ and it’s something I can do with him, a nice family-friendly environment,” she said
While munching on a snack of potato chips, Nate said he was having fun with his grandmother and he likes music.
The Live at the Morley free concerts are offered at 7 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer at the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavilion in Mill Creek Metroparks.