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COLTON - The next performance in the summer series of Colton Riverside Gazebo Performancesfrom 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 features the Riverside Brass Quintet.

The quintet was formed in 2009 and consists of highly experienced players who all have connections to SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The members of the quintet are trumpeters John Schorge and Paul Buell, trombonist Peter McCoy, tubist Peter Popiel and Roy Schaberg on the French horn.

The group will perform a variety of music chosen for wide audience appeal as well as high musical quality.

The performances, weather permitting, are held at the Gazebo behind the Museum at 95 Main Street in the hamlet of Colton overlooking the Raquette River. The Museum is located next to the Zion Episcopal Church and across the street from the Town Office. The rain location is the town’s large covered Pavilion on Sugar Bush Lane in the hamlet of South Colton next to Swift Field. Signs will be posted if the performance is moved from the Gazebo to the Pavilion.

Audience participants should bring their own chairs or blankets for sitting on the lawn in front of the Gazebo (or on the concrete floor in the Pavilion if moved). Volunteers will be on hand to assist people if desired.

Before and during the performance, the Colt’s Pride Booster Club will have hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and other food available at very reasonable prices. Purchases of food and drinks support extracurricular activities at Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Bathroom facilities also will be open to the public.

There is no charge to attend the Gazebo Performances showcasing singers and musicians from places along the Raquette River as the series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York state Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

A special drawing of artwork featuring the Gazebo by local artist Judy Filarecki is held during each performance to help cover the town’s share of the expenses; and donations also are accepted.

The town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee also will have a table set up with Colton shirts available to purchase as well as the town’s new tourism map, notecards of things to do and places to see in town all seasons of the year, and possibly more. Purchases of products support various town-related activities.

The final performance in the summer series of Colton Riverside Gazebo Performances is rescheduled from earlier this summer.

The Fat River Kings, based out of Long Lake, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1.

More information about performances and other activities is available on the town website (www.townofcolton.com) and from town tourism and beautification coordinator Ruth McWilliams (315-262-2450; ruth@catamountlodge.com).

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