By Gavin Paterniti
FALCONER - During the month of July, Falconer's Davis Park will come alive with the sound of music for four consecutive Thursday evenings.
Razz and Friends perform at Falconer’s Davis Park gazebo during a previous incarnation of the village’s annual summer concert series.
The annual Falconer summer concert series will return for the enjoyment of community residents with acts both strange and familiar to the Davis Park gazebo.
A staple among village residents, Falconer's concert series has been a fruitful collaboration between the Falconer community and its local public library for more than two decades. According to Sue Seamans, library director and coordinator of the summer concert series, the program has flourished as just one extension of the library's many services to the community.
"There are all kinds of places in the area (that host a summer concert series) but, for us, it's a special thing," Seamans said. "It's something that we like to do because the library is an extrapolation of another service."
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This year, the series will kick off July 10 with seasoned veterans of the local music scene - Razz and Friends. The Junior Guilders of Jamestown, based out of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, will entertain attendees of the July 17 event. Jukebox, a band out of Erie, will be introduced to concert-goers on July 24, as they make their first appearance at the park. The series will end in the way it began as Razz and Friends will return to the gazebo on July 31.
Regarding Jukebox and newcomers, Seamans said she believes in the power of variety as a means of keeping things fresh from year to year.
"We're trying to add a little something for everybody," she said.
Seamans said the series has been a regular event since 1989 when she was approached by Albert Mattison, who served as Falconer's mayor at the time, regarding the institution of a library-sponsored community event. She said the series generally sees several hundred people throughout a single performance, with often as many as 350 attendees.
"Every July, we have this on Thursday evenings, and people really do come out for it," said Seamans, indicating a record crowd of 400 attendees. "It's a great opportunity for people to bring a lawn chair, grab some popcorn and just sit back and enjoy some music on a hot summer night," she said.
The Falconer summer concert series is free and open to the public, with each concert taking place from 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Kiwanis Club of Falconer, which is also responsible for maintaining the Davis Park gazebo throughout the year.