Key changes: Guide to enjoying An Evening Under the Stars

Red and white cornhole game board with blue and yellow beanbags on green grass.

It is a season of key changes for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and some of them will be quite notable this weekend.

The group’s annual An Evening Under the Stars concert is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Sherwood Park.

Wait! Not Lincoln Park? This concert is always at Lincoln Park.

See. Key changes.

So here are some details about this upcoming concert that will help you get to the right place and enjoy the music.


The symphony’s Saturday plans begin with a team Cornhole Tournament.

The doube-elimination tourney featuring the popular lawn game was the idea of Audrey Hamon, the symphony board treasurer and owner of Colorado Cornhole Co., said Jeremy Herigstad, marketing director for the symphony.

Team check-in is at 12:30 p.m. near the Sherwood Park picnic shelter in the middle of the park. Play starts at 1 p.m.

There will be giveaways and prizes, and those not wanting to try their hand at cornhole are welcome to watch the fundraiser and competition.

And for those who are competing, here’s a tip: Be ready to practice your skills in concentration. While you will be throwing bags of corn around in the hopes of tournament glory, the symphony will be rehearsing nearby.



Sherwood Park will be the site for the 2016 symphony’s annual outdoors concert “out of necessity.”

End of Summer Fest 2016 is scheduled at Lincoln Park on Saturday. And so, the symphony made the switch to Sherwood. “I think it’s going to be great, though,” Herigstad said.

The stage will be on the northwest end of the park and south of it along the west edge of the park will be the Grand Junction Symphony Guild’s Brats in the Park tent and the new Grande River Vineyards Wine Garden (more on those later).

Those wanting to stake out their spot for the concert may do so while watching the Cornhole Tournament, or can come early enough to set up their camp chairs before getting one of those brats for dinner at 5 p.m.

The music starts at 6:30 p.m.



Yes, there is plenty of parking.

Those who have attended a symphony concert in Grand Junction High School Auditorium are well acquainted with the school’s parking lot, which is one option.

Another is the two lots at the First Congregational Church, also along Fifth Street. Both of those options are east of the park.

To the west is the parking lot at the First Christian Church off First Street. Street parking also is available around the park and in the neighborhood.

For those who can’t walk too far, a drop-off spot will be designated in the park pull-out on the east side of Sherwood.



Brat(wurst)s in the Park is one of the Symphony Guild’s bigger fundraisers and all those funds come back to support the symphony, Herigstad said.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the guild will offer for sale brats and sauerkraut, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and popcorn, according to a news release.

New to An Evening Under The Stars and also opening at 5 p.m. is the Grande River Vineyards Wine Garden.

Naomi Smith, who owns Grande River Vineyards with her husband Steve, “just looks for any way to help us,” Herigstad said.

And so a portion of the sales from the wine garden will go to the symphony.

Grande River Vineyards’ wines will be poured and Talbott’s Cider Co.‘s hard cider will be sold.

Enstrom Candies’ ice cream trailer also will be at the park with a portion of its sales going to the symphony.


The Grand Junction Centennial Band will lead off the concert at 
6:30 p.m.

Directed by Gary Ambrosier and Debbie Wilson, the band will play for about a half-hour with a program of “Americana tunes and marches,” according to the symphony.

After reorganizing the stage, the symphony will take its seats and Charles Latshaw, the group’s new music director, will conduct the rest of the evening.

The symphony’s program will include patriotic pieces as well as music from “Star Wars,” “West Side Story” and other compositions, which will be teasers for the symphony’s 2016–17 season.

And speaking of the season, tickets can be picked up and/or purchased during An Evening Under the Stars.

For information on the Cornhole Tournament, this concert or the symphony season, go to or call 243-6787.


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