Thermometers read in excess of 90 degrees Wednesday evening as an enthusiastic crowd from around the Capitol Region packed Freedom Park for the opening show of the village’s season-long free concert series, Freedom Park 2012.
Adults and children alike battled the heat with cold drinks and ice cream as Albany-area cover band Funk Evolution played on the stage along the banks of the Mohawk River.
Frank Upshur of Schenectady was positioned at the base of a tree at the outermost edge of the modest amphitheater while waiting for the show.
“It’s really nice that they offer something for free like this,” he said. “It gets you out of the house. You can mingle with some people you haven’t seen in a long time.”
Unsure of exactly how uncomfortable the heat would make him, Upshur and his companion contemplated staying cool indoors.
“We were going to test the waters,” Upshur said. “We have a nice breeze behind us, so we’re going to stick it out.”
“It’s a good thing for the community to get together, to see some friends,” said Bill Evers of Schenectady. “I always run into someone I know, every year.”
Scotia resident Amy Kennedy sat with her husband, anticipating an entertaining show.
“We just moved here in October, so this is the first of these we’ve been to,” she said. “We heard the band New Year’s Eve in Saratoga, and they’re really good.”
Freedom Park will be the venue for more than 30 free concerts throughout the rest of the summer.