Summer Pops 2024
Summer Pops 2024 will take place on
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2024 in WILCOX PARK
Rain date is June 23, 2024
The 2024 program will be announced in the spring. You can see last June's program book through the link below to learn more about the event. Meanwhile, please consider donating to Pops 2024 through the links below.
For the most up-to-date information please
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Blankets may put down in the park and be left in the park unattended beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 23, 2023 before the Pops concert. Blankets may not be left in the park prior to this time.
The Chorus, Library, Park, and all others involved are not responsible for your blanket. If it is moved for some reason there is nothing we can do about it. You leave your blanket at your own risk. No items besides blankets may then left in the park unattended (no chairs may left, no other items).
THE EVENT IS FREE - YOU CAN PUT DOWN A BLANKET
To reserve your spot, blankets can be put down in the park and left unattended beginning at 5 PM on Friday, June 21, 2024. Nothing else can be left unattended - including chairs, bags, coolers, or anything else unattended. Such items may be removed if found.
Per Westerly Library & Wilcox Park rules, you may not leave/use a plastic tarp (it will be removed) or use spikes to secure your blanket at any time.
Please note: Only low level sand chairs are permitted in the two main center sections. Higher chairs are permitted in the side sections just off center, on the far side sections, and in the back sections. Thank you for your understanding.
The Fireworks are launching from the north side of the pond in the park. Best viewing will be from the hill on the Grove Avenue side of the park OR right near the fence, so you can see under the trees, on the pond/High Street side.
The entire program should be done just before 10 pm (subject to change or weather changes).
By event/library/park guidelines –
Pets and animals are not permitted in Wilcox Park during Summer Pops.
Smoking is not permitted in Wilcox Park.
**Be aware that there are LOUD noises at Pops including cannon fire and fireworks.**
The Artillery Company of Newport usually fires a cannon shot or two (blanks) at the beginning of the show. They also fire (blanks) at several points during the finale. Fireworks by Grucci fire their shells during the finale and just after and they can be loud.
The Fireworks show is short, but be aware it makes a lot of noise.
Note that parking for Summer Pops is not in any way controlled by event organizers, the Chorus of Westerly, the Library, or the staff of Wilcox Park. However, we strongly recommend you come early to find a place to park.
Performers and patrons can park in these locations on performance day. All parking facilities noted are FREE and are approximately a 3-10 minute walk to Wilcox Park. Allow extra time for parking.
1. Washington Trust parking garage (enter off Broad Street)
2. Washington Trust parking lots on Main Street
3. In the parking lots near the train station INCLUDING the very large new lot on Canal Street (just near the train underpass across from Hilltop Cafe) near the south end of Friendship Street.
4. Most area side streets just outside the center downtown area UNLESS they are marked 'no parking'.
Parking in these lots is at your own risk, first come, first serve, and spaces are not guaranteed to anyone. The Chorus does not control or own any of these lots or any of the parking for this event, so please do not contact us with parking related issues. You can talk with WPD officers if you have any issues.
Limited handicapped/accessible parking will be available on Grove Avenue, Broad Street, across from the Westerly Town Hall and extending to the Westerly Public Library, as well as parking areas in front of the United States Post Office and in other areas throughout town. This parking is first come, first serve and spaces are not guaranteed to anyone.
Grove Avenue and Wilcox Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic as of 5 pm on June 24th (June 25th if the rain date is needed). Exceptions will be made for those needing handicapped parking until all spaces are filled. Other motorists will be detoured onto Newton Avenue or other adjacent streets.
PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Please note no bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar riding devices are permitted in the park. Dogs are also prohibited in the park for the event.
At the conclusion of the event, all vehicular traffic will be delayed for approximately ten minutes to fifteen minutes to allow pedestrians to freely return to their vehicles. Motorists on Railroad Avenue heading south will be directed onto Canal Street in a westerly direction. Motorists on Canal Street heading east will be directed onto High Street in a northerly direction in order to alleviate the congestion in the Downtown Westerly area. Officers and/or traffic control signals will control all other traffic.
What happens if it rains?
Every reasonable attempt will be made to offer Summer Pops as scheduled on Saturday evening, June 22, however, we realize this is summer in New England and are aware that rain can always be a factor. Forecasting models shift every 12 hours with varying predictions, which means the weather can change quickly.
Given that, we ask that you please be aware and understand that we cannot make a decision on postponing the concert early. No decision on postponing the concert - should it be necessary - will take place until the actual performance day (Saturday) at 12 pm or later, when the forecast is much more clear. And, even on that day, our decision whether or not to go forward may not be made until the very late afternoon.
Updates on the concert would be posted on our Facebook page, our website, and our voice mail. But if you do not see news of a change, things are on as scheduled.
For a variety of reasons, we only have one rain date available to us to attempt the performance - Sunday, June 25th. So any decision to move to Sunday and attempt the performance there would also be weighed by the forecast for the rain date as well. We are, of course, very mindful of our audience, but also of the hundred or so volunteers, the nearly 300 performers, community partners, and patrons who may be in attendance at the event. Be assured that any decision we make is not made lightly at all. It is a difficult decision and if you are not hearing communication of us, please know we are working our hardest to provide you with updates regarding this performance.
If we unfortunately are unable to perform on either June 22 or June 23 due to weather, sadly, we would have to cancel this year's performance and look toward Summer Pops '25 on June 21, 2025, as there is no possibility of assembling our performers again this summer. There would be no one more disappointed than us if this happens, as we have been preparing for this show for a long time. But, it is always a possibility with a live outdoor event.
Summer Pops is a completely free event for the community presented by the Chorus of Westerly - and we love to present it. Our organization annually raises every dollar to make this beloved free community event happen. This year, the expense to produce the concert is well over $120,000. A delay by one day typically is a $15,000 additional expense to our organization. We care about our community a great deal, and we are doing the best we can to bring you this event.
Any additional concerns and questions can be directed to our office at 401-596-8663.
SUMMER POPS 2024: PREP FOR POPS
LAST YEAR'S PRE-SHOW ARTISTS
Summer Pops Pre-Show Artist
PoP is a band of six talented high schoolers from Westerly's Knickerbocker Music Center and the RI Phil Music School at the United Theatre. PoP features Josh Pearson, Ally Reinhart, Hayden Sullivan, Nathaniel Dobly, Evan Anderson, and the Chorus'es own, Katie Danaher. With previous performances around the Westerly-Pawcatuck community, this is PoP's Summer Pops debut.
Summer Pops Pre-Show Artist
THE KLEYLA FAMILY BAND (KFB) is a Providence-based rock band formed by brother and sister duo, Brad and Katie Kleyla. Along with their brother Chris Kleyla and Brad's wife Olivia, the Kleylas (and friends) deliver a high quality, high energy performance of a wide variety of genres from Rock and Blues, to Soul and Pop that span generations. Learn more about them at https://www.kleylafamilyband.com/.
Summer Pops Pre-Show Artist
The Westerly Morris Men is a traditional English men's Morris dancing team based in Westerly, Rhode Island. They were founded in 1974 by Peter Leibert and are one of the oldest continuously active Morris teams in the United States. Learn more about them at https://westerlymorrismen.org/.