The Concert Sundaes committee began as a group of Souderton Area residents who met informally over breakfast to discuss ways to utilize the Maurice W. Foulke bandshell for the benefit of the community. The Centennial Celebration of 1987 had generated a strong interest in arts events, the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club had helped build the beautiful bandshell designed by David Zayas, and the Souderton Borough Recreation Board had just purchased a public address system for the park. The time seemed ripe for an annual entertainment series.
The committee was soon adopted by the Souderton Area Community Education Council which provided the committee with much assistance during its first four years.
Concert Sundaes is now a part of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation, a nonprofit corporation. Together with Community Arts Initiative and Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, Concert Sundaes makes up a year-round program of arts education and enrichment for Indian Valley residents of all ages.
Remembering Ted Boyer
Those of you who have attended our concerts in the park in previous years are sure to remember Ted Boyer - an integral member of our committee and a tireless worker for the success of these concert series events.
Perhaps you will remember his corny jokes - frequently delivered from the stage. Perhaps you will remember him selling pizza each week - a volunteer
effort of his own designed to increase service clubs profits. Perhaps you will remember his Subaru wagon, rolling across the grass carrying tables, or chairs, or banners, or other items for our weekly set-up. Many of us remember him as the weekly weatherman - the person to whom our committee turned for the "official" decision on whether the concerts would be moving indoors when rain threatened.
This concert series was a part of Ted - perhaps more than any of us. Whenever he heard a good band, he remembered to suggest them for next summer. He made contacts with performers and agents from miles around to secure the best possible entertainment for our friends in the park each week. It was always a moment of pride for
Sam Martin, Mary Craven, Jennifer Fretz, Marian Eide, Doug Eschbach, Dan Houser,
Jon Leight, Marc Rosenberger, Andy Fretz, Luke Bennet, Dan Yocum,
Drew Johnson, Joanne Coppens
For directions via GPS use
98 W. Reliance Road, Souderton
VIA ROUTE 476
Take 476 to exit 31 (Lansdale)
Turn right at the light onto Sumneytown Pike.
Stay on Sumneytown for approx 4 miles
Turn right onto route 113
Follow 4.5 miles to Reliance Road
Make a right onto Reliance (at the light)
Park will be on the left
VIA ROUTE 309 NORTH
Take 309 north to Souderton exit.
Turn left off the exit onto route 113
Staying on route 113. Go over railroad tracks and follow as route 113 turns right at the 4th light
At the top of the hill, past the WAWA you will see one of the parking lots for the park You can also make a left onto Reliance Road and the park and additional parking will be on the left
VIA ROUTE 309 SOUTH
Take 309 north to Souderton exit.
Turn right at top of the exit onto route 113
Continue following the directions from step 3 above.
Ted when he could introduce a new group to the Souderton crowd, and always a moment of pride for our other committee members when Ted liked the groups that the rest of us brought in.
Quick to tease and quick to joke; but equally quick to support the people and things he cared about, Ted was a true friend to civic life in Souderton and a true friend to our committee. We miss him at our breakfast meetings (he was always fussy about his creamed chipped beef!). We miss him in the park. But we carry him always in our hearts.