Families, couples, singles, dogs, and children alike gathered at the Chesterton Amphitheater at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve for a laid-back evening of music and, of course--coffee. Residents of the senior living community and those from surrounding neighborhoods enjoyed a live performance by members of the band Jamrose, featuring Nicole Jamrose and Mark Soljacich. Residences at Coffee Creek hosts the annual concert series and sponsored free popcorn and coffee from Red Cup Cafe.
Marketing Coordinator for Residences at Coffee Creek, Natalie Reisen, was excited to make use of the Chesterton Amphitheater and plan events to get their senior residents out and active. Once a month during the summer, Residences at Coffee Creek utilizes the Chesterton Pavilion to throw events to get the community out and mingling.
“It’s a great way for the community to come out and enjoy music at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve--our residents get to come out and enjoy it, along with their family members and friends,” Reisen said. “It was a no brainer because Coffee Creek is such a great area, and the amphitheater provides the perfect backdrop for a concert series. We were really excited to be able to invite our residents and our community out to enjoy this beautiful outdoor space.”
The last concert held at the pavilion drew in over 150 people. This year, the Coffee and a Concert series as a whole attracted over 400 guests. The senior living community opened earlier this year and opened the event to the public to incorporate the community feel and give back.
The performers for the night, Nicole Jamrose and Mark Soljacich, were more than happy to play for he laid back crowd relaxing after a long day at work. You might recognize Nicole from the 2006 season of Nashville Star, the country singing competition in which Jamrose took home third place. After that, the band Jamrose debuted and have been together ever since.
“I love hanging out with [Mark] and making people happy and watching them smile and engage,” Jamrose said. “I love the family connection here; the community really helps each other out and music is just another way to connect with people on a super organic level. It’s a different experience every time.”
Attendees Jane Link, Edna Archer and Karen Taylor are longtime friends who love to hang out at the park. Archer happened to be a fan of Nicole Jamrose so she gathered up the girls and came out for a girls' night at the pavilion.
“It’s a nice park and a beautiful night,” Archer said. “I have a poster of Nicole so when I heard she was coming I wanted to hear her play.”
“I live about four miles down the road and heard about the concert from Edna so we came on out,” Link said. “We come here to walk a lot and this is a beautiful park, so we go to the events as much as we can.”
For more information on Residences at Coffee Creek visit, www.residencesseniorliving.com.
To see upcoming tour dates for Jamrose visit, www.jamrose.net.