Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Ballard Park to host free live music summer concert series

WESTPORT, NEW YORK—Ballard Park, in the center of historic Westport, New York on Lake Champlain, will again host a seven-week live music concert series. The concerts take place each Thursday at 7 PM, commencing July 7, and run until August 18. Concerts are free to all, with open seating on a grassy hillside overlooking the Pavilion and Lake Champlain, with the Green Mountains of Vermont beyond.
Food is available for purchase from DaCy Meadow Farms, a local farm-to-table purveyor. Picnicking is encouraged. Blankets or low chairs are recommended. A voluntary raffle at intermission raises funds and earns the winner an enjoyable prize.
All are invited to enjoy a beautiful, outdoor summer evening listening to some of the finest musicians in New England and the Adirondacks. For more information and updates, visit https://www.ballardparkny.org/concerts. Ballard Park is located at 6466 Main St (Rt 9N/22) Westport, NY 12993.

Ballard Park Summer Concert Series Lineup: 
July 14  Will Patton Ensemble, with Will Patton on mandolin and a musical  world tour
July 21  HEARD World Music—vibrant, danceable music with a strong African beat
July 28  Ray Vega—Vermont’s master of jazz
August 4  Meadowmount School of Music, Petey Cerf Memorial Concert— strings students from Westport’s renowned summer camp
August 11  Cricket Blue—Vermont-based folk/indie group makes magic with cellos and voice
August 18  Big Hat, No Cattle—a hoe-down on the hillside with this upbeat cowboy Western swing group
About Ballard Park:
Ballard Park was once the location of The Westport Inn, one of the most gracious grand hotels of the Adirondacks and a focal point of Westport summer life. The Inn was demolished in 1967 and the property purchased by Anne Ballard (“Petey”) Cerf, a long-time summer resident. Through her visionary philanthropy, Ballard Park was established in 1989, named in honor of her parents. Ballard Park is open to all and serves as a park in the Adirondacks with lake and beach access, a summer concert series, and offers sledding and ice skating in the winter. Westport, New York was founded in 1798 and has an historic central district that includes our Park. We are located four miles east of Exit 31 on the Northway, and can be reached from Vermont by the Essex-Charlotte Ferry or the Champlain Bridge. The Concerts are made possible through generous funding of grants from Adirondack Lakes Center for the Art 2021-22 Restart NY Minigrant; Cloudsplitter Foundation; Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program grant with funding from Essex County; Cerf-Dunbar Fund, Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation, and many others. www.ballardparkny.org
Photo at top: Musicians perform during a Ballard Park summer live music concert series in Westport, NY. Ballard Park website photo.

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