COLTON - The town of Colton is highlighting performers from communities along the Raquette River again this summer in its series of Colton Riverside Gazebo Performances. The next performance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday features Rustic Riders from Tupper Lake. The gazebo is located behind the Colton Museum on Main Street.
Rustic Riders perform new songs with traditional roots, fresh arrangements of American standards and traditional fiddle tunes. The group has been described as country, blues, soul and pop all wrapped up in one.
Lisa Meissner began writing songs in 2006 that are featured on the group’s CDs. She also sings and plays a variety of “string things” including the cello, guitar, mandolin and more. Klaus Meissner provides the percussive foundations. And Joe Dockery adds his distinctive vocals and dynamic guitar.
Audience participants should bring their own chairs for sitting on the gazebo lawn. Bathroom facilities in the museum will be open to the public. Volunteers will be on hand to help people needing assistance. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from the Colt’s Pride Booster Club.
The performance goes on rain or shine. If raining, it will be moved to the pavilion at Swift Field off Sugar Bush Lane in the hamlet of South Colton. Signs will be posted.
There is no admission fee to attend the music performances. They are made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.
Four businesses - Gray and Gray CPAs, Hide Away Café, S&L Electric and White’s General Store - are also helping sponsor the gazebo Performances during July and August.
As an additional fundraising activity, a special drawing of artwork featuring whitewater paddlers on the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River by local artist Judy Filarecki is held during each music performance. Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of the entire summer music series.
More information about the summer music series and other activities is available on the town website (www.townofcolton.com) and on Facebook via the town of Colton page. Hard copies of the summer schedule are available at the Colton Town Hall and in the town’s two information centers. Posters about summer music performances are also displayed around town and in neighboring communities.
Ruth McWilliams of the town’s Tourism and Beautification Committee can also be called about the performance and the entire summer series, at 315-262-2450.