Fourth of July kicks off summer schedule

July 2, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

City of Newcastle to host Fourth of July spectacular

June 30, 2015

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 30, 2015

Fireworks are banned in the city of Newcastle, but, as always, there is one place where residents can legally watch the pyrotechnic displays mostly associated with Independence Day.

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration returns to Lake Boren Park this Saturday.

As the region experiences particularly dry conditions, now more than ever, city officials are pleading with citizens to heed the firework ban.

“Our fire and police departments recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public firework displays around the region,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison. “Please consider treating your family to a fun Fourth of July this year at Lake Boren Park.” Read more

Concerts in the Park series continues Wednesday

August 4, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2014

Contributed Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The band plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

Contributed
Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The band plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series continues Wednesday when Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry takes the Lake Boren Park stage at 7 p.m.  Read more

Community spotlight

July 31, 2014

Contributed Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The bland plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

Contributed
Steve Kelly, lead singer of the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry, performs. The band plays Aug. 6 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series continues in August, starting with Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, on Aug. 6. Read more

Concerts in the Park start in July

July 2, 2014

By Amy Coppersmith Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle's Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

By Amy Coppersmith
Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park.

The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band, on July 23. Read more

Summer events lined up

June 5, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more