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Freeman Stage a delight

By Billie Criswell | Aug 07, 2014

I love an outdoor concert. In fact, there was a time in my life I used to attend up to 25 concerts each year.

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I’ve covered lots of events at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. My husband has photographed some of the bigger acts, including LeAnn Rimes and Darius Rucker.  

When Bruce Hornsby came to the Freeman Stage in July, I was so excited to finally have tickets. As soon as we got there, it was evident that the stage had come a long way since its beginning. It’s a large venue with an intimate feeling.

They have a great atmosphere, and we enjoyed hanging out before the show. The venue sells craft beer, wine (even by the bottle) and lots of great food. Being on the water makes for a scenic view.

The volunteers and staff are nice, helpful, and the place is immaculate which after spending a lot of time in a lot of venues over the years is refreshing.

Seeing a concert at Freeman Stage was made more fun by the fact that I knew several people. A group of our friends, none of whom I knew would be there, wound up dancing in the center portion of the lawn. This turned a simple date night into a real party.

The sound was great, too. Bruce Hornsby is a stellar act!  I can’t wait to see how things unfold for next summer because I certainly want to go back for another date night.

It’s so nice to have an outdoor venue practically in our backyard. As we drove away from the concert that evening, my husband I couldn’t help but dream that someday the Freeman Stage at Bayside might become as big as Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.

For more information on the Freeman Stage, summer concert series and free shows go to

Beach Paper ColumnistBillie Criswell is a local writer specializing in lifestyle and public relations. Read her blog at or contact her at



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