FARMINGTON — From Celtic and folk to country and rock, three summer concert series offer a variety of entertainment in San Juan County this year.
The City of Farmington started its annual TGIF program on Friday while Wines of the San Juan is offering Sunday concerts and the Farmington Museum will start its Sunday concerts on June 7.
TGIF, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday in Orchard Park, has been a favorite of Farmington residents for years and features local bands. Attendees enjoy food provided by Three Rivers Restaurant and children can play in the water fountain. Many people also take the opportunity to dance.
People can also dance at the Wines of the San Juan Music and Dinner concert series. For years, the family-owned winery has provided music to the community every Sunday evening during the summer.
"I like the community coming out and having a place to gather," said Brittny Arnold, the Wines of the San Juan event organizer.
She said the small concert series also gives the family a chance to interact with the public in a way that they can't during large festivals.
"It's just a unique aspect of Wines of the San Juan," she said.
The concerts start around sunset beneath the winery's large cottonwood trees.
Arnold said that while the winery has done the music for several years, the business added the dinner last year to complement their appetizer cheese plates.
"It's a nice place to come out and relax," Arnold said.
She said the family chose to have the Back Cast Cafe from the Fishheads Lodge in the Navajo Dam community provide the food as a way of supporting local businesses. Because the menu varies each week, prices also change. Arnold said the winery will post menus and prices for the meals on their website. Dinner is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Like Back Cast Cafe, all of the bands chosen to perform are local — from the Durango, Colo., area or San Juan County.
Arnold put a call to musicians out on the winery's Facebook page and got responses from local artists. She listened to music sent by the artists and chose the bands based on those submissions. She said she gathered a wide variety of genres.
The Farmington Museum also brings in a variety of music.
Tracy Heater, the administrative aid for the Farmington Museum, said the concert series provides an "array of choice and being able to see something new."
Heater recommended that people who attend the concerts, located on the terrace behind the museum, bring folding chairs and "their dancing shoes."
She said she is looking forward to the concert on June 21 featuring Sheldon and Friends.
The Farmington-based band performed recently at the museum's reception for its art show, Gateway to Imagination.
Heater was impressed by the variety in the music. While some of the songs were upbeat, others were more laid back.
She said quite a few people got up and began clapping and one person even started to dance.
"It was never boring," she said.