Sanger to hold open jam sessions

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SANGER — City officials are opening the downtown square in March through September to musicians of all types and experience levels for the opportunity to jam together in the park.

The city’s park and recreation department is holding the jam sessions from 3 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday on the square.

“It’s open to the public and anyone at any age can join in,” Park supervisor Brian Crenwelge said.

No signup is required, officials said. If anyone wants to play or listen to the musicians play, all they have to do is show up, Crenwelge said.

Crenwelge, who began working for the city this year, said he has received several calls from residents interested in participating in the musical event.

He said residents began to show interest after flyers for the event were posted around the city and on Facebook.

“I wasn’t here last year, but from all the calls I’ve been getting, people are excited,” he said.

Sanger resident James Koch said he’s looking forward to the event because the event encourages the community to gather together and have fun.

“It’s great that the city is doing this because it gives people a chance to show off what they can do,” he said.

City officials recommend that residents bring their lawn chairs and their own refreshments to the square. Officials want to remind attendees that no glass containers or smoking is allowed in the park, Crenwelge said.

Crenwelge said he hopes that the event will continue to grow to a level that vendors will be interested in advertising and help raise money for the event.

“Someday, we hope we’ll be able to provide more refreshments to the residents who come out and attend,” he said.

The city began holding the jam sessions in the downtown square a couple of years ago after residents expressed interests in some type of musical event in downtown Sanger.

Crenwelge said the event grew out of the home of a resident who jammed with other local musicians in his garage.

“Since then, the city has been trying to make it turn into something bigger,” Crenwelge said.

City officials said all skill levels are welcomed to play and for more information contact the parks and recreation department at 940-458-2059.

The downtown square is located at North Fourth and Boilvar streets.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is jharden@dentonrc.com .


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