POSTPONED: Under Falling Stars: Moonlight concert in Paradise promises romance Aug. 12

Published on August 11, 2017

The Annapolis Big Band at a recent Moonlight Concert in Paradise. About 1,400 people showed up at the annual event last year, a fundraiser for the local community hall. This year the concert is set for August 12 and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

©Lawrence Powell

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of weather conditions, this event has been postponed until August 13.)
PARADISE, NS - If you go to the annual Moonlight Concert in Paradise this year you might just see stars – falling stars that is.

This year’s event is set for August 12 at the height of the Perseids Meteor Shower, heightening the usual romance of one the year’s most anticipated events.

The by-donation concert features the 18-piece Annapolis Big Band and vocalists Donna Lynn Holmes, Andy Duinker, and Margo Corkum.

The annual fundraiser for the Paradise Community Hall takes place at Ellenhurst, the estate of David and Linda Hankinson and has always drawn large crowds to the riverside venue. Last year about 1,400 people dropped by, toting lawn chairs, picnic lunches, wine and cheese, and an appetite for music from the Big Band era.

Donna Lynn Holmes singing with the Annapolis Big Band at the Moonlight Concert in Paradise. This year's concert is August 12 with gates opening at 6 p.m. and the music starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Following is a sample of the set list: In the Mood, Blue Skies, Almost Like Being in Love, Sweet Georgia Brown, Beyond the Sea, As Time Goes By, Chattanooga Choo Choo, American Patrol, I’ve Got the World on a String, A String of Pearls.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and there are parking attendants to direct drivers to free on-site pareking. Golf carts are available to transport any concert-goers with mobility issues. The concert runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with an August 13 rain date.

Andy Duinker singing with the Annapolis Big Band at the Moonlight Concert in Paradise.

©Lawrence Powell