The Town of Colton is gearing up for its summer series of music performances to be held at locations along the Raquette River. The Colton Riverside Performances are organized by the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee in cooperation with the Colton Historical Society and others. As a Raquette River community, the town’s series continues to showcase groups with musicians and singers from communities along the 174-mile long river which begins at Blue Mountain Lake and flows into the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne.
The following six performances — all on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 pm — will be held at venues in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton. The backup location for all performances is the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field in South Colton.
June 29 – 12 Struck Plus featuring Rob Zolner and Bruce Dewey plus Debi Dewey (Gazebo on Main Street)
July 20 – New Horizons Band of Northern New York directed by Ron Berry (Green on Main Street)
August 3 – Northern Lights Orchestra directed by Chris Hosmer (Pavilion at Swift Field)
August 17 – King Kong & Fay Wray featuring Andy Van Duyne and Geoff Hayton plus Mary Ann Casale (Gazebo on Main Street)
August 31 – The Hoax led by Dan Sullivan-Catlin (Gazebo on Main Street)
September 14 – Bee Children organized by John Collins (Gazebo on Main Street)
All performances are free, although donations are appreciated to help cover performer fees and other expenses. Throughout the summer the organizers will raise funds by raffling barn quilts painted with the help of Art Club students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS). All six of the two-by-two foot barn quilts are being displayed in the Colton Hepburn Library until raffled during a performance. Tickets are 2 for $5; and only 100 tickets will be sold for each barn quilt. The first barn quilt being raffled on June 29 during the performance of 12 Struck Plus features a patriotic red, white, and blue Mighty Star design.
Also a portion of the proceeds from food and drink sales by the Colt’s Pride Booster Club during performances will be contributed as well as donations during ice cream socials by St. Patrick’s – St. Paul’s Altar Rosary Society.
The schedule for the summer performances is posted on the town’s website; and posters designed with the help of CPCS art student Summer Scovill are being displayed around town and in nearby communities. More details about each performance also will be publicized throughout the summer. Scott Muller on the Tourism & Beautification Committee can be contacted for information about events during the year (315) 244- 9956.
Photo: During the winter and spring, as part of the town-school ‘Art Around Town’ collaboration, students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School helped the Town of Colton’s Tourism & Beautification Committee paint barn quilts to raffle during the town’s summer music performances.