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Clear weather in doubt for weekend
Sun is expected to return for Sunday, Memorial Day
Leigh Ann Yaskulka and son Roman Yaskulka picnic Wednesday afternoon in the Gainesville square. Every Wednesday in May the square holds live musical performances as part of the Blue Sky Concert series. - photo by Michael Phillips
Though it’s been a stormy spring, there was not a cloud in sight at Wednesday’s Blue Sky Concert.

People of all ages came out to enjoy the nice day and listen to music while many hoped the temperate weather would stick around for the variety of Memorial Day weekend events. But it looks like they may not get their wish.

"We are expecting some showers and thunderstorms on Saturday," said Vaughn Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. "Nothing severe — very isolated. But Sunday and Monday should be real nice."

The concert was a special occasion for Kimberly Braff’s first- graders from Centennial Arts Academy, who attended the concert series for a field trip.

"We come every fall and spring," Braff said. "One of the things we study is the seasons. We’ll go back and compare today with what we saw in the fall."

Ashley Linville, whose son is in Braff’s class, said she is looking forward to the weekend sporting events.

"It’s all about Little League Baseball," she said.

Others will be celebrating the nation’s soldiers Monday.

Richard Petty will spend Monday evening at a Northwinds Symphonic Band concert.

"The music is all patriotic," said Petty, who plays trombone with the band. "It’s a way for people to bring friends and family and celebrate what Memorial Day means."

Chuck Hendrickson, a retired Korean War veteran, is going to be part of a Memorial Day parade.

"I’m in the Korean War Veterans Club, we’re going to have four vehicles in it," he said.

Hendrickson said he regularly attends the Wednesday concerts now that he has more free time.

Others, like Reinhold Brown, were attending the concert series for the first time.

"I’m just enjoying the weather," he said of the mild temperature.

Brown and his wife are originally from Maine and said they have enjoyed the cool spring.

"We’re Yankees, it’s comfortable to us," he said.