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The Courier Post Reports: Camden County offering slate of summer events

06/18/2013 - 10:10am

Camden County is making this summer one to remember.

The freeholder board announced its 2013 Event Guide for the summer and it’s jammed with free concerts, outdoor movies, races on and around the Cooper River, riverside fireworks and star-studded performances by Bob Dylan and The Lumineers.

“We’ve planned a wide variety of programs and activities for people of all ages,” Freeholder Ed McDonnell said in a statement.

“Whatever your interest — music, movies, sports or family entertainment — there’s something for everyone in Camden County’s parks.”

And the music comes cheap.

The Twilight Concert Series runs at 8 p.m. every other Thursday until the end of August along the Cooper River .

The Sundown Music Series runs at 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday at Haddon Lake Park’s McLaughlin-Norcross Memorial Dell amphitheater.

Peter Yarrow headlines the next Sundown concert June 19 and Beatlemania Now resumes the Twilight series on June 27, followed by “Opera In the Park” on Aug. 15 and the Duprees on Aug. 29.

The 22nd Annual Sunset Jazz Series commences June 24 at Wiggins Park with performances at 8 p.m. most Mondays.

For the visually inclined, the Starlight Music Series will treat cinema fanatics to a free movie at Lindenwold Park on July 12 with “The Lorax.”

Other films follow on Fridays, including “Wreck It Ralph” on July 19, “Hotel Transylvania” on Aug. 2 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 16.

To celebrate America, Camden and Philadelphia come together on the Fourth of July to share one of the largest firework displays in the region above the Delaware River.

However, not all the best things in life are free.

The summer’s biggest crowd will pack the Camden Waterfront from July 26-28 to catch the XPoNential Music Festival and AmericanaramA Festival of Music’s marquee lineup.

Attracting more than 17,000 people last year, the ticketed three-day festival will feature Bob Dylan, The Lumineers, Wilco, Dr. Dog. My Morning Jacket, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Polica, Wake Owl, Dr. John, Dawes, John Butler Trio and others.

But why stop at losing your voice?

Runners can lose their breath at the Cooper River’s bimonthly “No Frills, Just Thrills” summer race series, where the distances and starting times vary every other Tuesday evening but the entrance fee remains cheap.

For those who’d would rather watch others get winded, the Cooper River showcases the beautiful combination of strength, stamina and synchronicity with a slew of regattas, including Catch the Cooper Regatta on June 22 and U.S. Rowing Club Nationals from July 9-14.

Last and a feast, Camden County gives families one last finger-licking festival before the school year on Sept. 1. That’s when the Fifth Annual Camden Waterfront Backyard BBQ is held.

The free Sunday event features the Stooges Brass Band, Nigel Hall Band and Soulive, barbecue fare, Latin food and kids’ activities.

Reach Steve Wood at (856) 486-2474 or atstewood@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @CP_SteveWood.

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