The Fairfax County Park Authority's 2007 summer entertainment series opens tomorrow night with four concerts at four locations across the county.
Local roots-rock favorites and multiple Washington Area Music Association Award winners Ruthie and the Wranglers kick off the Springfield slice of the Braddock Nights series at Lake Accotink Park with a set of countrified good-time songs such as "(I'm Gonna Kill Myself) If It's the Last Thing I Do" and "I Wanna Be Your Auctioneer."
Another roots-rocking multi-Wammie-winner, Honky Tonk Confidential, will bring its western swing music to Fairfax's Royal Lake Park in the western portion of Braddock Nights. The group earned 2007 Wammies for best country recording and song of the year for "Who Gets the Fruitcake This Year?"
Bluegrass music is on the bill at Kingstowne Towne Center as the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition takes the stage, the first concert in the Lee District Nights series.
In Annandale, Sior-Og ("forever young" in Irish Gaelic) brings traditional Irish music and dance to Mason District Park in Annandale to initiate the park's 2007 Spotlight by Starlight series.
In addition, the Park Authority will offer several other series of arts, entertainment and cultural programming during summer. They include a series of multicultural heritage nights at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale and the Arts in the Parks children's series at the outdoor amphitheaters at Burke Lake, Mason District, E.C. Lawrence and Lake Fairfax parks.
The Nottoway Nights series will be at Nottoway Park in Vienna, the Starlight Cinema drive-in movie series is set for Centreville in late summer, and the Sounds of Summer series -- with the various ensembles of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra -- will be at parks throughout the county all summer.
-- C. WOODROW IRVIN
The programs of the Fairfax County Park Authority's 2007 summer entertainment series are free. For complete listings of programs, times, dates and locations visithttp:/