Elcho tunes

Warren Wagner stands near the sign on the south side of Elcho, which advertises the upcoming Music in the Park series, which kicks off Wednesday at the Community Pavilion.

 Music returns to the Elcho Community Pavilion this week.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time for a northwoods starved for a bit of normalcy in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With an expansive grounds and plenty of room for social distancing, the folks in charge of the Elcho music program decided to forge ahead with much of this year’s lineup, increasing the frequency from July 1 through Aug. 26.

“With Antigo deciding to cancel their music for the summer, we decided to pick up some extra dates,” Warren Wagner explained. “We have the space here and know that this is something people really need this summer.”

The season kicks off on Wednesday with Quarry Road Band performing at 6 p.m. The Elcho Historical Society will serve food beginning at 5 p.m.

The grounds are lovely and grassy. Listeners should bring their own lawn chairs. Wagner explained that listeners are asked to follow the guidelines for social distancing between groups. 

Music will be held on the grounds located just east of Elcho United Church of Christ off Highway 45, but the actual building will not be open, although restrooms will be available. Rain location will be the Elcho school commons, with entry through the west side doors.

The remaining schedule includes:

—July 8: Lovin’ Country, food served by the United Church of Christ Women’s Club.

—July 15: Fran the Piano Man, food served by the Langlade County Humane society.

—July 22: Slidin’ on Ice, food served by Elcho Explorers 4-H Club.

—July 29: Bear Creek Band, along with the annual united Church of Christ ice cream social.

—Aug. 5: G&B Dance Band, food served by Elcho girl Scouts.

—Aug. 12: Max Koepke Band, food served by Elcho parent-Teacher Organization.

—Aug. 26: Bobby Vintage, the Elcho Men’s Club dinner.