June 20, 2017
Parks are important to the quality of life in any city and Junction City’s Heritage Park has been a focal point for all kinds of local happenings. A number of years ago Theresa Durand, the daughter of one of Junction City’s early mayors, reminisced about growing up in this town in the late 1800’s. She stated that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Rizer, arrived here in 1865 and the park was here then. “I shall never forget how my sisters and I enjoyed marching through the park around the fountain and onto the corner of Washington and Sixth Street, where Lily Murphy, a young widow operated a popcorn stand.” Theresa stated that the “aroma of the hot buttered popcorn was irresistible, so we bought a sack of it for five cents.”
The special night of the week in the park was Friday. That was band concert night. People from all over Geary County brought their families in to enjoy the music. Three Bandstands were built in the park over the years and the Friday night concerts by the Junction City Municipal Band have been a community custom for over a century.
Band concerts continue this summer, but they are held in the air conditioned C.L. Hoover Opera House every Sunday in June beginning at 7:00 PM. The concerts are free and delicious popcorn is available for a donation. You can enjoy the popcorn and a cold soft drink or adult beverage while listening to our Community Band.