SOUTHINGTON — With Music on the Green finishing its 20th year in town, the Park Board recently decided to honor the creator, Jerry Limmer, with a plaque for his service and gave out raises to those who help with the event.
For the past 20 years Limmer worked to coordinate the free concert series that take place Wednesday nights during the summer months. Fourteen concerts are on the Green and Limmer has made sure to organize all the bands for the concerts and more.
Park Commissioner Joseph LaPorte said he has seen Limmer setting up, picking up trash and sweeping the parking lot where the car show takes place at 6 a.m. to get ready for the concert at 7 p.m.
“If you’ve ever worked with him, you’ll see that it’s much more involved than just showing up on a Wednesday night,” LaPorte said. “It takes a lot of coordination.”
“I want it to look nice,” Limmer said. “I take that on myself, it’s not something I have to do, it’s just the way I am.”
The Park Board agreed to a $50 increase in Limmer and Vinny Morelli’s, the audio technician, salaries at their meeting on Sept. 5. A $10 raise was also given to those that help set up the equipment on the mobile stage. LaPorte said the total amount given in raises was about $2,000 and would be included in the next Park Board budget. It has been 10 years since Limmer received a raise, he said. His last raise was $25 per event.
With all the work Limmer has put into the program since 1993, he said he was happy to get a raise but more importantly happy that town officials still support Music on the Green and that people still enjoy coming. Anywhere from 500 to 1,500 attend a concert during the summer.
“It’s really all about the people,” Limmer said. “All those people that come here, they look forward to this. I do the best I can with the funding that I get.”
Starting in January Limmer plans out how to fundraise to put on the best shows he can and starts the search for bands. This year he had about $15,000 to work with.
At the last concert on Aug. 28, LaPorte honored Limmer with a plaque for his past 20 years of work with the event.
“I think it’s a tribute to his hard work and organization and quality of the program,” LaPorte said.
“It was nice to be thought of,” Limmer said.