Success for Concert on the Green relies on many hands pitching in

By Nick Blank Staff Writer
Posted 5/15/19

ORANGE PARK – Concert on the Green Board President Lauren Hoffman is a fan of the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Now, one of Clay County’s largest music events is looking for “many …

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Success for Concert on the Green relies on many hands pitching in

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ORANGE PARK – Concert on the Green Board President Lauren Hoffman is a fan of the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Now, one of Clay County’s largest music events is looking for “many hands” to make this year’s event a success.

As this year’s Concert on the Green approaches, Hoffman needs volunteers to help prepare this year’s event on May 26 from 4-10 p.m. The call for help is compounded by a move to a new location for its 32nd edition at the Fleming Island Plantation Sports Complex.

“Concert on the Green is not a yearlong heavy volunteer commitment for people who would be interested in assisting,” Hoffman said. “It could use more volunteers who are passionate about the quality of life in Clay County, the best quality of life is rich with art and music.”

Local bands will kick off the event at 4 p.m. and the Jacksonville Symphony plays at 8 p.m., followed by a firework display at 9:30 p.m. Art vendors, kids’ activities and food trucks will be on-site, and beer and wine are available.

Proceeds of ticket sales go to scholarships for winners of the competitions held in April, a vocalist and an instrumentalist. The two winners also perform as guest soloists with the Jacksonville Symphony May 26. Additionally, the school of each winner received a donation.

Hoffman hopes 3,000 people will attend at the Plantation Sports Complex. She praised the complex’s open space and trees, which leads to an exceptional sound quality.

“There’s a lot of room for kids to safely play so parents can just sit on their blankets and enjoy the music,” Hoffman said. “When you’re on the field, with those trees, the sound bounces back at you. It’s going to be really great sound for the bands, the symphony and when you hear the fireworks.”

Hoffman compared the event to a big party, where a space is provided, that needs people to help sustain it. While Concert on the Green is run by eight people, none are paid. She said the organization wanted more people to review logistics from January to May, as well as assistance on the day of the event.

“There’s so much preparation that goes into making that event happen,” Hoffman said.

For information about volunteering and tickets is available at www.concertonthegreen.com.

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