By Alondra Urizar
La Habra Journal
The skies of La Habra Height filled with music from the Journey tribute band, DSB, as they kicked off the 30th annual Music in the Park at Hacienda Park last week.
Approximately 300 community members attended the first summer concert event with a smorgasbord of food and snacks like ice cream, coffee, shaved ice, popcorn, kettle corn, tacos, burritos and aguas frescas from vendors such as Kermit’s Ice Cream Express, Simply Irresistible Cakes & Catering and the Highland Riders.
Each week, the park will be serenaded by a different local band such as Cold Duck, Wiseguys Big Band Machine, Woodie & The Long Boards, The Silverados, The Answer to Classic Rock, Smooth Sounds of Santana and Stones vs Stewarts every Wednesday until Aug. 2 and is sponsored by the Ray Fernandez Team.
“I’ve been doing this for four years and it’s a lot of fun to be out here and meet everybody,” said Ray Fernandez, realtor and associate broker of the Ray Fernandez Team.“I know it takes a lot of money to get these bands here and just like we’re giving back to charity here for the sales, this is another way of giving back [to the community].”
During the concert, Fernandez announced that a portion of the profits would be donated to charity for every house sold by their team this year. Their goal is to donate a total of $50,000 by the end of this year. Money earned would be donated to local charities.
The importance of community events is not lost on residents or vendors alike.
Vendor Alex Main of Simply Irresistible Cakes & Catering has personally attended Music in the Park for the past five years, enjoying how the community will gather together during the summer for an evening of enjoyment and relaxation.
“I think any event – concerts in this park especially, provide people with a place to get together, hear some good music,” he said. “Thanks to our great sponsorships, they’ve been able to keep it free and I think it brings the community together and it gives them an opportunity to kind of relax and enjoy and it’s one of the few cities that still does it [host free events].”
Concerts continue in the park every Wednesday night through August 2.