Sapphire Lutheran Homes is celebrating summer with their Fourth Annual Summer Concert Series and Shakespeare in the Parks, all for free.

Each Friday in July the grounds at Sapphire Lutheran Homes will be open for dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tonight the concert will be followed by fireworks.

Dominic Farrenkopf, community engagement director at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, said the concerts build community.

“Sapphire Lutheran Homes seeks to build faithful and active community partnerships,” Farrenkopf said. “We do this through a variety of methods and the summer concert series is a great way for us to organize an event that brings so many people together.

Bluegrass and swing are the predominant sound for the first concert, July 1. “Pinegrass” has been together for over 25 years and is comprised of John Joyner (fiddle), Bill Neaves (guitar and vocals), Jack Mauer (banjo and dobro) and Britt Arnesen (singing, bass player). The members play with passion and have polished a variety of tunes in their years together.

Immediately following the concert, the Sapphire Lutheran Homes will have a pre-Independence Day fireworks display by Steve Boshae of Cow Palace Fireworks.

On July 8 the “Who Dat!” band with their southern rock sound will perform with songs by The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, The Beach Boys, Alabama and the Doobie Brothers. The group formed in 2014 with members each having over 20 years of music performance experience. Keyboardist and lead vocalist Steve Winkler, bassist Bill Rothie, guitarist George Gulli and drums, fiddle and tenor vocals by Austin Athman gives this group an impressive blend of skill and harmony.

“Nashville 406” will take the stage for a fun country-rock evening July 15. They perform great country music with Montana pride.

The Big Sky Mudflaps will conclude the series July 22. The Big Sky Mudflaps are celebrating over 40 years of performing together. Their unique sound is a blend of jazz, swing and rhythm and blues. They have won national acclaim from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Billboard Magazine and Esquire Magazine.

“Please join us for these fun and family-friendly concerts,” Farrenkopf said. “The concerts will be held on our expansive grounds with plenty of room to spread out. There is room for the kids to run and play as well. Please bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Bring a friend or neighbor too. It’s always more fun that way.”

Farrenkopf said the barbecue dinners cost $5 for a hamburger or hot dog, beans, chips and a drink. There are also raffles for prizes from local businesses. Winners will be announced at intermission.

“We have some exciting raffle prizes this year,” Farrenkopf said. “These events are free due to the fact that many community businesses, I call them benefactors, have extended their hands of generosity to help Sapphire bring these quality performances to the Bitterroot.”

Sapphire Lutheran Homes will host the Montana Shakespeare In The Parks’ performance of “A Comedy of Errors” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Concessions will be available. The play is full of a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities.

“Our picturesque campus is the perfect setting to enjoy a summer evening of live entertainment,” Farrenkopf said. “Please join us for these fun and family-friendly concerts and performances. We have sun or shade options. You can sit on the grass or pavement if crossing the lawn is too difficult.”

Sapphire Lutheran Homes is located at 501 N. 10th St., in Hamilton. Call Dominic Farrenkopf at 406-363-2800 for more information or visit online sapphirellutheran.org.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.