Suntree United Methodist presents patriotic concert, picnic

Suntree United Methodist Church is presenting Suntree Stars & Stripes, a free patriotic celebration Saturday, July 3 on the church grounds at 7400 N. Wickham Road.

The event starts at 5 p.m., when attendees can enjoy a free dinner of hot dogs, chips, lemonade and ice cream while listening to a concert of patriotic favorites by the Sunshine Brass Quintet.

At 6 p.m., the 40-plus members of the Melbourne Municipal Band, under the direction of Art Martin, will perform the marches of John Philip Sousa and other well-loved tunes celebrating America.

The audience can expect to hear the “Washington Post March,” “You're a Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Stars & Stripes Forever” and many more.

The public is asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the outdoor concert. For more information about Suntree Stars & Stripes, call Suntree United Methodist Church at 321-242-2585.

Director of traditional music at Suntree United Methodist Church and professor of music at Eastern Florida State College, Dr. Robert E. Lamb looks forward to welcoming old and new friends.

“This is going to be an evening of fun, food and music here on the church grounds,” Lamb said. “For many of our neighbors, this will be a time to renew acquaintances. We hope many in the community will come by and enjoy this old-fashioned American celebration.”