The Town of Colton is set to kick off its summer schedule on Wednesday, June 26th with a music performance and ice cream social from 6 to 8 pm in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) Cafeteria.
Music will be provided by the North Country’s “Northbound” which has been performing in the area for years. It includes six area musicians — Tim Savage, Andy Van Duyne, Michael Welch, Larry Baycura, Chip Lamson, and Don Cannamela. Their music spans a wide variety of musical tastes and is influenced by a variety of singer-songwriters including James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, and The Beatles. This performance, like other events during the summer, are being paid for in part through the raffle of painted barn quilts as well as the sale of barn quilts and other products. The event is free to attend, donations will be accepted.
The town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee is set to open the Stone Valley Information Center in the Colton Museum for the season on July 1st. Although there are improvements underway at the Museum it will be staffed from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Labor Day. Visitors can see a new exhibit on the first floor focusing on town history related to this year’s theme “Rockin’ in the Great South Woods” as well as permanent displays on both levels of the Museum. Also there will be a variety of free maps and brochures plus products to purchase including Raquette River DVDs and related pamphlets about hydro development, Colton notecards and apparel, and barn quilts.
Every summer whitewater releases by Brookfield Renewable Power at Stone Valley attract expert kayakers from the eastern United States and Canada to run the whitewater section of the Raquette River below the Colton Dam. The five release days this summer are July 6 and 20, August 17 and 31, and September 2. Spectators are invited to watch the paddlers from trails along both sides of the river during the releases. On good weather days an information tent is set up near the trailhead on Riverside Drive to provide trail maps and orient visitors.
The annual Colton Country Days celebration, a full week of activities is planned for July 14-21 with traditional Country Day festivities taking place on Saturday, July 20th. The week of activities kicks off on Sunday, July 14 with a Barn Quilt Party, the first of four this summer being organized by communities across St. Lawrence County in conjunction with a Barn Quilt Tourism Project being led by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY). During the week there will be three performances in the newly renovated CPCS Auditorium of George M. Cohan’s melodrama “The Tavern” presented by Grasse River Players on behalf of the Sunday Rock Legacy Project. The traditional day activities on July 20th will be a reunion performance by The Blue Mystics, a high school Rock & Roll band with Colton and Potsdam roots, being held in support of the CPCS 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion.
In addition the lineup of summer activities includes training on invasive species — aquatic invasive species on July 2 in the CPCS Cafeteria and variable leaf milfoil on July 13 at Higley Flow State Park. Also town-wide garage sales will take place on July 26-28; and the annual Higley 100 Bike Ride on September 7. The complete schedule with more details is posted on the town website.
For more information, contact Ruth McWilliams (315) 262-2450 about the overall schedule and Cyndy Hennessy (315) 262-2524 about Colton Country Days.