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Pathfinder Village Celebrates 20th Annual Summer Concert Series


Edmeston, New York, July 1, 2017 ... Join the entire Pathfinder Village community as it celebrates its 20th annual Summer Concert Series this summer.  A mainstay of the local arts schedule, these concerts feature free, live music performances each Saturday evening in July and August, starting on July 8 at 7 p.m.  The public is cordially invited.

“The Pathfinder Village Summer Concerts offer tremendous opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of music in an informal setting,” said Paul Landers, Pathfinder Village’s president and chief executive officer.  “It’s remarkable that we’ve been able to offer weekly concerts each summer, and we’ve had great support from the New York State Council on the Arts, regional arts organizations, talented musicians, and the community through the years.”

“The concerts allow music lovers to gather, and there are always some magical moments as the performers play off the energy of our audiences,” said Paula Schaeffer, Pathfinder’s director of Enrichment Programs.  “Many of the bands and performers return each year because of the audiences; many guests return as well to see really great performances that run the gamut from country to jazz, from rock to big band.”

The first concert series was in 1998, and showcased Pathfinder’s newly-opened pavilion, an octagonal structure measuring 60-feet across.  The structure integrated massive, laminated arches used in the 1991 Induction Ceremony, and were presented as a gift to Pathfinder in 1997 from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown.  The Pavilion was based on a similar pavilion at Brown’s Corner Recreation Area, New Hartford, Connecticut, and was designed by Architect Norman J. Davies.  The arches were originally produced at Una-Lam Products, Sidney.

First season performances were by The Whippersnappers, Saratoga Springs; Puff & Pluck, Oneonta, The Fieldstone Pickers of Otsego and Schoharie Counties; the Tom Ives Trio, Cherry Valley, and the Big Bear Band, from the Berkshires.  That year, the Sidney Community Band began its run as the band that has appeared every year as part of the Pathfinder series.

Pathfinder Village is a non-profit, planned community devoted to supporting adults and children who have Down syndrome and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Through quality residential, educational, vocational, and recreational programs, individuals grow toward fulfillment and independence, while giving back to the local communities. Pathfinder also offers many avenues for community inclusion, through events, its adult day service offerings, a full service café, youth soccer games, and through a weekly fresh produce market on Thursday and Friday afternoons, Pathfinder Produce. 

The Summer Concert Series is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Grants Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.  The series is also made possible with funds from private donors, Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program, and WGY’s Christmas Wish.

Concert-goers are asked to bring lawn chairs, wear comfortable shoes, and bring jackets to the performances.  Parking is available on-site.  To find out more about the concert series, please call Pathfinder Village at (607) 965-8377, ext. 126, Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., or visit Pathfinder Village’s page on the popular social networking site, Facebook. 

In 2017, Pathfinder Village Summer Concerts include:

July 8
7 p.m.

The Blues Maneuver will break out its mighty horn section in a versatile repertoire of swing, blues, R&B and oldies.  This band, one of our favorites, can play it all!

July 15
7 p.m.

One of the region’s best-loved old-time bands, the Sidney Community Band, will bring its repertoire of popular music and show tunes. 

July 22
7 p.m.

Pathfinder welcomes a new group, Crow Ridge, this year. The 4-member band specializes in a unique repertoire of modern country, alternative country and Americana, and provides high-energy, danceable cover songs, along with tunes where one can simply kick back and enjoy the music! 

July 29 
7 p.m.

Hammered dulcimer virtuoso Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn will play songs inspired by the New York’s North Country and other folk tunes. 

Aug. 5
7 p.m.

The Small Town Big Band will play classic jazz, swing, and Big Band favorites. The band features talented amateurs who play for the love of the Big Band sound. 

7 p.m.

Stone Soup plays a variety of acoustic music from blues to bluegrass, folk to jazz. The band features Joe Sinchak, Pete Liljeberg, Nick Frirsz, and Suzanne & David Bladek in intricate harmonies. 

Aug. 19
7 p.m.

Monkey and the Crowbar will “rock out” to Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffet and more. One listen and you’ll want to hear these guys again and again! 

Aug. 26
7 p.m.

Dirt Road Express returns to the Pavilion with their great renditions of the best of today's country hits and yesterday's classics. 

For more information about Pathfinder Village, please call (607) 965-8377, or visit the Village’s website at  The Village also offers regular tours and hosts a variety of programs and events that are open to the public.


Below: Workmen raise the laminated arches that support the Pathfinder Village Pavilion back in 1997.  The Pavilion has been the setting for free live musical performances during the annual Summer Concert Series, each Saturday night in July and August since 1998.  This year’s summer series begins on Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m.


“Pathfinder Village helps people find their
way in life to independence, success, and
maturity — all the things you want for your family.”
Marian Mullet | Founder of Pathfinder Village