CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.
- Mercer County’s Music in the Park concerts are family-friendly events that offer great times at bargain prices. In the immortal words of the late, great Frank Sinatra, “Let’s start the action” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1 when nationally acclaimed performer Steven Maglio pays tribute to Sinatra in a high energy show on the lakefront at Mercer County Park Marina, West Windsor.

In addition to the stylings of Maglio, there will be food, wine and beer for sale. Families are welcome to bring picnic-style dinners and lawn chairs. The show runs until 8 p.m.

On Aug. 6, 3 to 8 p.m. is the highly anticipated annual event, Burgermania, where local restaurants compete for bragging rights of the best burger in the area. Featured musicians are Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns at 3:30 p.m., and 2U, a U2 Tribute band, at 6 p.m. The event will be held near the Skating Rink at Mercer County Park, West Windsor.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Music in the Park ends the season with local rock icon Ernie White Band, 6 to 8 p.m. on the lake at the marina.

New to the marina in 2011 is a snack bar open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, featuring hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, soft drinks, coffee and more. Also, bathrooms on the lower level of the marina are new this year.

The Marina offers affordable fun with pedal boat and rowboat rentals starting at a cost of $15 per hour. Single-person kayak rentals are $15 per hour and pontoon boat lake tours are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children under 11. The pontoon boat rides are 50-minute lake tour on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tours begin at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. and are offered on a first-come first-served basis. The boat has a 15-person capacity. Hours of operation are Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., through Labor Day. All boat rentals are weather permitting.

For more information about guidelines and prices at the marina, please visit the Mercer County website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/boat_marina.html.

For up-to-the-minute information on the scheduled performance, please call (609) 448-7241.