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Arts in the Park: Grupo Fantasia
Grupo Fantasia provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous instruments. The extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Colombian Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi, Calypso, Reggae and Salsa music.
The beats always get the audience dancing, and Grupo Fantasia dancers will mingle with and teach the crowd. A hot and spicy variety of music for a hot summer night.
Organized by the Needham Park and Recreation Department, the annual Arts in the Parks concerts are held on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Park gazebo, located at the corner of Rosemary Street and Highland Avenue across from the Needham Free Public Library. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved indoors to the Needham High School auditorium, just up the hill.
All concerts are free and open to the community.
More About Memorial Park
With stately Needham High School perched atop the hill beside it, Memorial Park offers a plethora of activities for those who visit. The recently renovated park often finds athletes utilizing the two baseball diamonds, as well as the multiuse synthetic field, all of which are lit up at night. During warmer months, live music is played at the park's gazebo.
As its name implies, Memorial Park also pays tribute to veterans through a granite monument, plaques and American flags. As one inscription reads, the park is dedicated to the "men and women of Needham who served the armed forces of our great country in all wars."