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Crowd kicks off Windsor Green's 12-week market-and-music series

Windsor's Summer Nights on the Green, a family-friendly affair that draws thousands of people to listen to free music and picnic on the grass, kicked off its 12th season Thursday, not a moment to soon for the eager multitude.

"It's what we've been waiting for, for about a month and a half," Vice Mayor Robin Goble told the crowd. "Welcome to Windsor's front yard!"

With that, the Bell Brothers country band got the party going, even though their lead singer was stuck in traffic and missed a good portion of the first set.

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The small glitch didn't prevent folks from boogieing on the makeshift dance floor or enjoying the moment.

Music may be a big part of the attraction, but it's also about food, perhaps quaffing an adult beverage and hanging out on the two-acre green that is the heart of Windsor.

The signature attraction draws the biggest if not one of the larger crowds in Sonoma County cities that stage free concerts and events during the summer.

As many as 8,000 people flocked to the largest of Windsor's concerts last year.

"We come whether we know the bands or not," said Julie Steele, a Windsor resident. "It doesn't matter. It's a fun night."

She and her husband, Myron, and neighbor Susan Foster were sipping chardonnay and enjoying homemade salad, grilled chicken, sausage and watermelon.

"We plan a lot what we will bring on summer nights," she said of the food. "Sometimes it's us, sometimes it's a big group."


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