Groups Team-Up to Celebrate Big in Little Falls with Summer Music Program
For nearly four decades the city of Little Falls has enjoyed summer band concerts, and this year local community groups are joining hands to make it the biggest musical celebration to date.
The Little Falls Family YMCA, the Think Local Committee of Main Street First, the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee, and local merchants have teamed-up to expand the Summer Concert Series to bring performances by great local bands to the Little Falls Third Thursday events and the Canal Celebration.
"Years ago, the Little Falls Civic Band used to play every Wednesday in the park, and when they disbanded then the YMCA and the City stepped in to sponsor a summer concert series. That was thirty-eight years ago," said Anthony DeLuca, Executive Director of the Little Falls Family YMCA. "This year we reached out to some other community organizations to expand the scope of the program, and by working together we were able leverage our resources with a grant from the CNY Arts decentralization grant program."
In recent years, local groups in Little Falls have organized several new celebrations to complement the long-established Canal Celebration, which is in its 28th year.
According to Laura Powers, a member of the Think Local Committee, "Some of the most exciting new events are the Third Thursday celebrations which promote a local living economy with street-fairs featuring unique activities such as sidewalk chalk artists, Story Hour for Grownups, Magic the Gathering games, and Little Falls Story Slam. Partnering with the Little Falls Family YMCA to enhance our events with great live bands just makes so much sense."
"Little Falls is a great place to shop and play," Powers said, "A season filled with music and entertainment for the whole family kicks off on June 18 with a SUPER Third Thursday and continues with events throughout July and August, bringing us to the 28th annual Canal Celebration which includes the community picnic in Rotary Park on Wednesday August 12th where the up and coming indie band SIRSY is playing. The Summer Music series winds down at the Oktober Fest Third Thursday, with a performance by Fritz's Polka Band."
Among the other local bands that have signed-up to play this summer, Powers mentioned Kevin, Glenn and Elliott, Cleen Street, Dharma Bums, and the Steve Falvo Easy Money Band, to name a few. An updated list of music and venues is posted at the www.ShopLittleFallsNY.com website.
DeLuca said that cooperation among so many groups and people is one of the things that make Little Falls thrive.
The Little Falls Summer Band Series is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.