TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Military Band will open its 2014 Thursday evening concert series on the Townsend Common on June 5.

Weather permitting, the band will play a concert from the bandstand on the Common each Thursday between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. through at least Aug. 14, with the exception of July 24. The Townsend Military Band is conducted by Dr. Jon Nicholson, of Winchendon, and managed by Betty Mae Tenney, of Townsend.

Nine of the concerts are funded by the town of Townsend and a 10th concert is funded by the Amanda E. Dwight Entertainment Fund. Lawn parties hosted by town organizations, which feature food, activities for children and other assorted tables, are held in conjunction with these concerts.

Groups interested in hosting or sharing a lawn party at a 2014 Townsend Military Band Concert should contact Tenney at 978-597-6495.

Townsend Scout groups will be hosting the lawn party at the June 5 band concert. Boy Scout Troop 10 will be selling grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and Italian sausages, hot coffee and cold bottled water and assorted flavors of soda. Boy Scout Troop 81 will offer fried dough, French fries and popcorn for sale.

The Squannacook Girl Scouts will be doing face-painting and have a decorate-your-own-cupcake concession. The co-ed Venture Crew 30 will operate a soda bottle ring-toss game.

Cub Pack 11 will have a bounce house and several games including sponge toss, bottle toss, ring toss, basketball toss and a fishing pond, plus a bake table.

The Townsend Military Band will open by playing "Buglers' Dream" by Arnaud and "America." Sousa's "Freelance" march, the "Irish Tune (Danny Boy)" arranged by Grainger, Handel's "Water Music Suite," and "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" by Wagner will be performed. Rossini's "Overture to Italian Girl in Algiers," Osterling's "Beguine for Flutes," "Themes Like Old Times" arranged by Barker and the "Belgian Paratroopers" will be played.

The Townsend Military Band concludes its program at 9:30 by playing the "Star Spangled Banner."