Valley Viewpoints: ‘Music in the Park’

by Susan Lippke of Schroeppel

The weather cooperated this summer and made the “Music in the Park” concert series located on the Oswego River Canal in Phoenix the place to be.

Some local groups (St, Steven’s Church, JCB Class of 2015, Band and Chorus Boosters) even joined us to provide snacks and other goodies to those who attended for a small fee.

Approximately 1,100 people of all ages came to the six Monday evening concerts.  This summer’s concerts featured many styles of country music by popular request from audience members.

Everyone enjoyed listening to the music, singing, clapping and dancing at the concerts on the canal sponsored by the Town of Schroeppel, the Phoenix Public Library, the Phoenix Community & Youth Council, Fulton Savings Bank, the NYS Council on the Arts, and the Cultural Resources Council.

The Phoenix Community Concert Band offered the community an additional concert at the end of the series this summer. We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to its band members for donating their time and talents to us.

The Phoenix Community Concert Series Partners also wish to thank the community businesses and individuals who helped make the concert series possible with their cash donations to the 2012 concert series.

The summer concert series is made possible in large part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, a State Agency and the Cultural Resources Council, a Regional Arts Council.

We would like to thank Discovery Day Care Center, and the Phoenix Public Library (including the summer AmeriCorps member and teen readers group) for providing creative activities for the Kid’s Creation Table at all the concerts.

We are also thankful for the Village of Phoenix who once again provided the location for the summer concerts (Henley Park), and the Enterprise Fire Co. 1 in Phoenix who provided the rain location.

The Town of Schroeppel provided all of materials necessary to plan and publicize the “Music in the Park” summer concert series, and this vital community support is also very much appreciated.

The Phoenix Summer Concert Series ”Music in the Park” depends on public donations to continue in the future, as state grant funds are decreasing, and may not be available in the future.

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