COLTON - The town of Colton is gearing up for its summer series of music performances. Seven performances are scheduled with the Northern Lights Orchestra kicking off the summer series in the towns Pavilion at Swift Field on June 25.
During July and August the following four performances featuring groups from along the Raquette River will be held at the Gazebo behind the Colton Museum on Main Street overlooking the scenic Stone Valley section of the river.
■ July 16 – Dave Ruch and Jamie Savage of Piercefield with Sue Grimm Hanley performing traditional and folk music using a variety of instruments.
■ July 30 – Northbound with Michael Welch of Potsdam and friends performing an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic and classic rock from the 1950s to today.
■ Aug. 6 – Rustic Riders with Lisa Meissner of Tupper Lake joined by Klaus Meissner and Joe Dockery performing new music with traditional roots and fresh arrangements of American standards.
■ Aug. 20 – Mary Ann Casale of Hannawa Falls along with Tas Cru performing blues and classic folk songs including originals from recent albums released by each.
People can hear the Sweet Adelines Acapella North Chorus at noon July 19 on the steps of the historic Colton Hepburn Library during the towns annual Colton Country Day celebration. Then the New Horizons Band of Northern New York will close the summer series with a performance at the towns Pavilion, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 3.
Planning for the music series is moving forward knowing the Gazebo Performances are supported in part by grant funds and business sponsors. The town will receive a small grant from the Decentralization Program administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. And for the first time the grant funds are being complemented by upfront support from four business sponsors who want to see the music series continuenamely Whites General Store, Gray & Gray CPAs, S&L Electric and Three Falls Antiques. Ruth McWilliams, the towns Tourism & Beautification Coordinator, says the town expects the balance needed to cover performer fees and other expenses for the entire series will be raised during performances throughout the summer.
For the first time, she also explains, the town is seeking applications from high school students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School who are interested in assisting with the summer music series. Position descriptions for the summer associate are available from the school guidance counselor and at the Colton Town Hall. Applications are due by Friday, May 23.
As summer nears more details about the music performances will be shared via the towns website (www.townofcolton.com) and the Town of Colton page on Facebook. The entire schedule also will be included in an upcoming issue of the town newsletter. And each performance will be publicized in advance. In the meantime Scott Muller on the Tourism & Beautification Committee also can be contacted for more information (315-244-9956).