BRANTINGHAM — The Arts Council is making some new moves into summer this year with a free concert series at Aldersgate Camp.
The Council, led by Fran and Roger Abbey, will be kicking off the season with its annual Old Tyme Country Fair on July 6, including over 30 vendors, live music, games and a book sale.
A special addition to the fair this year will be a quilt show and tribute to Barb Buckingham, a master quilter who lived in the area and recently died.
The fair will be held at Aldersgate Camp, 7955 Brantingham Rd., in Greig from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While there were often one or two music shows by local musicians sponsored by the Arts Council in the past, this summer will be different.
“We’re trying to step it up and provide a continual entertainment series,” Mr. Abbey said.
During July and August, the seven-show series will feature a number of musical genres in concerts that begin at 7 p.m., in Fellowship Hall at the camp.
In July, Fred and the Eds, a popular north country rock band, will be playing on the 11th and Microburst, a country and classic rock vocal duo from St. Lawrence County will entertain on July 26.
On Aug. 10, the Adirondack Playboys will be playing their square dance sounds and teaching newcomers how its done while on Aug. 23, a woodwind or jazz quartet from Fort Drum will be performing, Mr. and Mrs. Abbey said.
Local acoustic musicians Gena and Ron will be playing and hosting an open-mic night on July 19 and Aug. 17 in the Stacy Room at Aldersgate.
The music series will end with a big band bang with swing classics played by the 16-piece Frank Sacci Band at Fellowship Hall. Dancing is welcome.
The Arts Council is now a committee of the Brantingham Community Association, Mrs. and Mr. Abbey said, and their objective is to ensure the activities are free and open to all, not just Association members living on the waterfront, bringing the larger community together.
Mrs. and Mr. Abbey said along with their committee members John and Mary Dixon, they are getting contributions from the community to keep all of the Council’s events free for all.
For more information, go to http://wdt.me/aTtr6Ror call Fran Abbey at 315-323-2733.