For those who like the smell of burgers on the grill and the sound of plucked banjo strings, Allegro Senior Living in Elizabethtown is the place to be tonight. Allegro will host a free bluegrass music concert and cookout this evening to benefit Alzheimer’s research.

Weather permitting, the cookout and concert will take place outside of Allegro, at 108 Diecks Drive. The event will be held inside the facility in the event of rain. The cookout begins at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The featured act is Elizabeth­town-based bluegrass group Under Construction. Tonight’s lineup includes Tammy Allen on mandolin, Clayton Skala on guitar, Daniel Womble on guitar, Rick Allen on banjo and Jerry Fowler on bass.

Carol Galloway, lead senior living advisor at Allegro, said Under Construction has performed several private concerts for residents of the center and a public fundraiser featuring the group took place in 2017.

“Everyone at Allegro loves bluegrass music and after all, Kentucky is the bluegrass state,” she said. “What better concert than a bluegrass concert to have outside?”

Tammy Allen said playing Alle­gro always is a pleasure for Under Construction.

“We have a great time playing at Allegro and are always excited when they ask us back,” she said. “Music and food – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Allegro staff will be grilling on-sight during the event. Attendees will have the choice of a hamburger or hot dog plate with potato salad, baked beans, chips, a drink and a dessert.

Though the event is free and open to the public, there is a $5 suggested donation per plate. All donations go toward the Alzheimer’s Association.

Each year, Allegro donates money to the Alzheimer’s Association through the annual Lincoln Trail Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Freeman Lake Park. This year’s walk takes place Oct. 26.

Tonight’s event is made possible by Allegro’s walk team with the help of sponsors such as Sam’s Club, Walmart and Priceless Foods. Galloway said those interested in joining the Allegro team can register at tonight’s event.

The event also includes door prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear country and cowboy attire, as a special door prize will be given to the attendee with the best outfit.

Because seating will not be provided for the concert, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Galloway said depending on the success of tonight’s fundraiser, a similar event might take place this fall. She said tonight’s event is sure to be a great time for bluegrass lovers who want to contribute to a worthy cause.

“We love folks who dance and sing along,” Galloway said. “This is a family event and everyone is welcome.”

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 270-765-4414.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@ thenewsenterprise.com.

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