Anyone who couldn’t find something to do in Colusa on Thursday night didn’t look very hard.
About a record number of people turned out for Colusa’s Concert in the Park, just one day before temperatures reached and then exceeded the 100-degree mark, an average for this time of year.
“It’s amazing what a few degrees can do,” said Pam Dagrossa, of Friends of the Colusa County Free Library, who along with Colusa Rotary sold out of the evening’s barbecue about 30 minutes into the concert.
People came from all over the county to hear Township, a country rock band perform. Kids danced in the grass for “high fives” while adults had the opportunity to kick up their heels to a rendition of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” for drink tokens at The Tap Room.
Of course, the date change for Friends of the Library to host the evening’s dinner fundraiser meant many of its members missed their own event just down the street.
While the concert was underway, Andreas Albrecht was the guest for the Summer Space Science Café just up the street from Veterans Memorial Park at the library.
About a dozen people showed up to the Morse Conference Room to listen to the theoretical physicist and cosmologist talk about the observational history and future of the universe.
Albrecht is a professor and chairman of the physics department at the University of California, Davis.
While many physicists work their entire careers to prove theories they are passionate about, Albrecht has enjoyed working to either prove or disprove theories about the formation of the early universe, cosmic structure, and dark energy.
“That is what makes science fun,” he said.
Albrecht is one of the founders inflationary cosmology, the belief that space expanded rapidly following the conjectured Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago and continues to expand, with new universes replacing others about every 1 billion years.
Colusa’s next Concert in the Park will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, July 25 with Frankie and the Fablestones. The oldies group will return to the park to perform on Aug. 8.
Visitors to Concert in the Park can enjoy a barbecue dinner prepared by a local non-profit organization, beginning at 6:30 PM and the Farmers Market from 4-7 PM.