WEST LONG BRANCH: Bill Lawlor and Marc Muller brought their Summer Music Show band to Franklin Lake lawn on Friday just as the downpour of rain blew away, having boomed its exit with a near-sonic boom of thunder.
The stage was not used so the musicians could be under the roof pf the pagoda, the bandshell of protection at lake edge. The usual welcoming ceremony was skipped and band quickly jumped into place, with music greeted by cheers from the residents in the audience.
About 50 or so had dared the very warm elements, and to their good fortune.
The band was terrific, a new presentation of lyrics modifications of familiar tunes and melodies. The "mellow rock and pop" music makers played a mix of traditional numbers, and added seasonal adaptations of lyrics so the audience heard "Surfing by the sand" instead of "Winter wonderland", and "no one by a fire," to rhyme with "perspire'. It got laughs and made the 85-degree air tolerable.
Though a small crowd, many usual summer in the park folks sat with friends in folding chairs under the trees on North Lake Drive, including Mayor Janet Tucci, a neighbor among neighbors.
The car show entrants were just two, so no action. The storm too its toll. Buy Car Show raffles continue, with tickets at the next music program and/ or through Francine at 732-483-6432. Tickets are $2 per, and a book of 5 goes for $10.
Next music program is "Beatlemania" on August 26 at the lake.
Recreation Committee Chair Joe DeLeonardo reminded us that outdoor movie night is August 27 at Sorrentino Park. Free, and lots of parking, with the feature to listen through the sound on your car radio.