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Two classics in Darien’s two greatest venues

We’re lucky in Darien to have great town parks, Weed Beach and Tilley Pond Park, on Long Island Sound and in suburban setting so close together.  A reason we put on Darien Summer Nights is to acknowledge what a great town Darien is and how fortunate we are to be here.

For August, we have two classics in these two great venues.  Our musical act is Leslie Costa and our movie is Barefoot in the Park, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Leslie will perform at Weed Beach on August 8th starting at 5:00 pm (no beach permit required after 4:30 pm) and also before the movie at Tilley Pond Park on August 14th at 6:30 pm.  Leslie fell in love with guitar, after her cousin, Chris, let her try his 1969 Fender Stratocaster.  She formed her own band in 1990 called Leslie Costa and the Usual Suspects.  Her contemporaries include artists like: Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crowes and Natalie Merchant. 

She attracted the attention of Seymour Stien of Sire Records and Bob Krasnow of Elektra Records and released two CD’s, Mission Bell and September Rain  The latter was voted the #1 song by the Fairfield Advocate from a local artist the year of it’s release.

Barefoot in the Park is the Robert Redford and Jane Fonda classic about two newlyweds getting started and living in New York.  It’s a great movie featuring two of Hollywood’s biggest stars just before their careers really started to take off. 

Which reminds me of another reason I feel lucky to be in Darien – proximity to the city.  The movie starts at 8:30 in Tilley Pond Park after Leslie’s performance.

Wow!  I can’t believe how young Redford and Fonda look in this movie.  See for yourself in the trailer below and on August 14th with the whole movie.

5 fun trivia facts about The Blind Side

Darien Summer Nights got off to a great start last Sunday with the music of John Cain and some perfect summer weather at Weed Beach.

This Saturday, July 17th, is our first music and movie event at Tilley Pond Park featuring Doug Allen and the movie, The Blind Side.

The Blind Side stars Sanda Bullock, who won the Oscar for best actress with her performance, Tim McGraw (minus the cowboy hat) and Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher on whom the film is based. If you saw it when it was in threatres, you know how great this movie is.

But I bet you didn’t know these 5 fun trivia facts about The Blind Side.  Did you know:

  • Julia Roberts was offered the lead before Sandra Bullock but turned it down.  I’ll bet she’s kicking herself for that.
  • Lawrence Taylor: The title of the movie is explained by Lawrence Taylor’s sacks.  LT came from the blind side, the side of the field towards which a quarterback is not facing when he drops back and therefore cannot see what is coming.
  • Tim McGraw’s acting debut was in Friday Night Lights, another great football movie.
  • Six real college football coaches make cameo appearances in the movie.  See if you can spot them.
  • Sandra Bullock, in addition to winning the Oscar for best actress in The Blind Side, also won a “Razzie” for worst actress in another movie last year, All About Steve.  I’ll bet she’s kicking herself for that.

So come on down.  Right now, the weather is forecasted to be as good as last Sunday.  Hopefully, we’ll get a little much needed rain between now and then. Here’s the 2 minute trailer.

Darien Summer Nights Gets Social

Welcome to the Darien Summer Nights series of outdoor movies at Tilley Pond Park and concerts at Weed Beach… and our first blog.  This year, we’re adding social media to let you know what’s going on.

We have this website where you’ll find a weekly blog, schedule of events, movie trailers, musicians’ videos and our sponsors with links to your websites.

Plus, we have our own “Darien Summer Nights” Facebook and “Darien Nights” Twitter pages.  Be a “friend” or “follower” simply by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icons under the “Follow Us” tab on the right.

Or go to our Facebook and Twitter pages anytime at:
Facebook: Darien Summer Nights
Twitter: dariennights

We want to let you know what’s going on in as timely a manner as possible.  We also want to let you know about specials and offers from our sponsors so you’ll enjoy the evening even more with a special offer of appreciation from stores participating in Darien Summer Nights.

We hope you’ll “friend” or “follow” us and come out to Tilley Pond Park and Weed beach for movies outdoor and concerts.  We’re glad to be doing this for such a great town.