Summer’s heating up in Washington Township

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summer is unofficially underway.

And here in Washington Township, there’s no shortage of fun activities to keep the warm summer days fun and exciting.

Mayor Barbara Wallace and the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently released the township’s 2012 summer events schedule, which includes a bevy of free movies and concerts.

This summer, 14 bands will roll into Washington Township with their sweet musical sounds. The lineup includes:

• On Sunday, June 10, see the Lima Bean Riot, a high-energy dance band perform at the James G. Atkinson Memorial Park at 7 p.m.

• On Sunday, June 17, see Washington Township’s own country-music star Sherry Lynn perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the James G. Atkinson Memorial Park.

• On Wednesday, June 20, don’t miss The Cameos, touted at New Jersey’s favorite 50s band. They’ll take the stage at 7 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The rain date is June 21.

• The Boss is back on June 24.

Or at least his cover band, the BStreet Band, is. Hear “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” “Atlantic City,” and dozens of Bruce’s hits from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The rain date is June 25.

• The Sensational Soul Cruisers, an 11-man horn group playing Motown Hits, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park on Wednesday, June 27. The rain date is July 10.

• Calling all Parrot heads, Parrott Beach comes-a-squawking Sunday, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band will play Monday, July 9 if the event is rained out.

• Country music’s rising star Payton Taylor will perform Wednesday, July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The rain date is July 12.

• FM Band, a party band, will play Washington Lake Park on July 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The rain date is July 19.

• Soft rock band the Juliano Brothers will take the stage July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The rain date is July 25.

• Them Bones, WMGK’s House Band, will play James G. Atkinson Memorial Park on July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

• Don’t Call Me Francis, a party band, will play at Washington Lake Park on Thursday, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 2.

• Get ready for Washington Township’s own Right Turn at 40, cranking out classic rock hits on Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m. in Washington Lake Park. The rain date is July 30.

• Local country music stars Sherry Lynn and The Kenny Young Band will pair up to perform on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Lake Park. The rain date is Aug. 6.

• Closing out the free concert series is local contemporary rock band Heroes in Terror. They’ll play James G. Atkinson Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

The concerts are sure to be a blast, but don’t forget about the kids. There will be 12 free movies shown in the parks, each beginning at dusk. In the event of rain, movies will be shown the following evening.

• Friday, June 1, don’t miss “The Smurfs” at Washington Lake Park.

• “The Muppets” come to town on Friday, June 8 at Washington Lake Park.

• Sequels are always better, right? “Happy Feet 2” returns on Wednesday, June 13 at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park.

• “Dolphin Tale” will be shown on Friday, June 15 at Washington Lake Park.

• “Kung Fu Panda 2” will delight the audience on Friday, June 22 at Washington Lake Park.

• “Zoo Keeper” will be shown on Friday, June 29 at Washington Lake Park.

• “Puss in Boots” will make you laugh on Friday, July 13 at Washington Lake Park.

• Because once isn’t enough, catch “The Muppets” again on Friday, July 20 at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park.

• Don’t miss “The Adventures of Tin Tin” at Washington Lake Park on Friday, July 27.

• Beep, Beep. “Cars 2” wheels its way into Washington Lake Park on Friday, Aug. 3.

• “Lemonade Mouth” will be shown on Friday, Aug. 10 at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park.

• And closing out the free summer movies series is “Judy Moody and the Bummer,” which will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park.

Meanwhile, the township will host a couple of larger events this summer, including the 14th annual Gloucester County Waterfest Environmental Fair, which will be held Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scotland Run Park.

And don’t miss an annual tradition – the fireworks display.

This year, Washington Township will celebrate the Fourth with fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 3 at Washington lake Park. The event begins at 7 p.m., with performances by the Quailes and songs by Washington Township’s own Michael Jones.

On the township’s website, residents can also peruse a list of summer events and activities for children and adults. The information can be found by visiting twp.washington.nj.us.

Mayor Barbara Wallace said she hopes residents will take advantage of all the township has to offer this summer.

“After a relatively mild winter, the Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department, along with its talented team of staff and volunteers, is gearing up for a summer full of fun and exciting events,” Wallace said. “In spite of the state of the economy, the Washington Lake Park stands as a charming site for some of the most extraordinary entertainment for you and your families to enjoy during the spring and summer months. Live concerts and movies are just a sampling of the many events designed and planned for all ages to enjoy. Team sports, classes and camps are also offered.”

Be sure to cool off by checking out a swim club in the township this summer.

• Lake Kandle Campground and Swim Club is located at 250 Chapel Heights Road. For more information, visit www.lakekandle.com.

• Whitman Swim Club is located at 156 Whitman Drive in Turnersville. Visit www.whitmanswimclub.com for more information.

• And new to Greenwood Park Bells Lake Community Club this year is an eight-lane pool. For more information, visit www.bellslake.com.

Be sure to keep reading and check out washingtontownshipsun.com for events throughout the summer.

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