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Upgrades to gazebo
are almost finished
By Duane Good, EDITOR

The newly-renovated West Borough Park gazebo will host The Suggestions Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. (Sentinel photo by Mandi Trawitz)

LYKENS • A longtime summer tradition in the Sentinel’s coverage area is back at its home base.

This Wednesday night’s Concert in the Park event has returned both to the park and to the iconic gazebo, which recently underwent extensive renovations.

Halifax-based variety band The Suggestions will be the first ensemble to take the refreshed gazebo’s stage when it performs a 7 p.m. show July 23. Five additional shows are scheduled at the venue for this summer.

The concert series is sponsored by the Lykens Chamber of Commerce, which also oversaw the gazebo renovation project through its Community Development Corporation division.

The work has cost ‘‘the top side of $15,000’’ and was funded by many community contributions as well as donations of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively, from Lykens Borough and Dauphin County, according to chamber member Don Sauve. Donations still are being accepted and additional work, particularly landscaping, still must be completed.

Originally built by students in Upper Dauphin Area High School’s building trades program, the facility was donated by UDA to the borough in the late 1990s, according to Sauve. For the next decade and a half, it has played host to various events, particularly the free summer concert series which have become a signature event for Lykens.

“We average about 250 people a week (for the concerts),’’ Sauve said, adding that interest in the concerts translated into strong support for the gazebo upgrade.

‘‘The response was always very good when we held fundraisers;  in fact, that’s the only way we could have done it – the support we have received from the public,’’ Sauve said last week.

Years of regular use had taken its toll on the gazebo floor and other components. Moreover, landscaping adjacent to the wooden structure had drawn termites with a hearty appetitite.

‘‘Treated lumber was used for the renovation, and we placed the plants further away,’’ Sauve said.

The Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 loaned its property as a concert site while the renovation work took place. According to Sauve, attendance did not suffer at the temporary venue.

Schedule, donations. Additional 7 p.m. concerts will be held the following Wednesdays:

•July 30: Rockville Revue (‘‘oldies’’).

•August 6: Borderlines (country rock).

•August 13: Autumn’s Golden Oldies Band

•August 20: Shotgunn.

•August 27: After Hours (big band).

Those planning to attend should bring a lawn chair. Sandwiches and drinks will be available for sale beginning around 6 p.m.

In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside at the Wiconisco Fire Company Social Hall.

To donate to the gazebo project, send checks to the Lykens Community Development Corporation, Inc., P.O. Box 202, Lykens 17048.