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A crowd watches the Sun Mountain Band play last Thursday in Haslett Park.

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The Sun Mountain Band, from left, Phil Minnich, Dick Solberg, Steve Minnich and Pablo Prosper.

Joshua Thomas - Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Catherine Esther #1264 members, from left, Doris Dutcher, Rebecca Carter, Mary Failing, Susan Yuhasz and Regent Marlene Nalli, sell refreshments during last Thursday's summer concert in Haslett Park.

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A crowd watches the Sun Mountain Band play last Thursday in Haslett Park.


Fiddler draws a huge crowd to Haslett, plays tonight in St. Johnsville

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Updated: 10:00 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Haslett park was packed last Thursday evening for a performance by the Sun Mountain Band, whose concert originally scheduled for Monday at the St. Johnsville Marina was rescheduled following a full day of thunder, lightening, wind and rain.

Because of the inclement weather cancellation, those wanting to see the Fiddler locally still have an opportunity. The Monday show has been rescheduled for this evening, Thursday, July 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The fiddler's eclectic show kept the audience enraptured throughout last Thursday's performance, also keeping them laughing with lighthearted jokes and songs, including upbeat hoe-down style tunes, waltzes, and Caribbean and Jamaican selections.

During last Thursday's concert, held on a special night after performances were moved to Saturday afternoons last year, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Catherine Esther #1264 sold refreshments, including brownie sundaes, make-your-own sundaes and root beer floats. Stewart's Shops provided the ice cream.

"It's always more than enough," said Regent Marlene Nalli of the plethora of brownies baked by five of the group's members.

The Catholic Daughters have been raising money at the Fort Plain concerts for the past ten years, at least, with Nalli stating of the event, "it's one of our major fundraisers", one of five or six spread out throughout each year.

The money raised last Thursday will be put toward the various local and national charities the group donates to, including local churches, shrines, fire departments, chambers, and organizations such as Habitat For Humanity.

Nalli said she specifically requested to sell items on the night Solberg was booked, stating, "I was probably the first one to call the village office." Finding out that each event's refreshment slot was still free, she picked the Sun Mountain Fiddler without a second thought, also thrilled to be able to move back to Thursday evening.

The Summer Concert Series has a few more shows coming up, including a performance by the County Line Rebels on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1-3 p.m., Cleen Street on Sat., Aug. 9 from 1-3 p.m., and the Luster Kings on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 7-9 p.m.

All concerts take place in Haslett Park and are free, sponsored in part by funding the from the village of Fort Plain, Fort Plain Community Activities Council and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Perry.

Joshua Thomas - A crowd watches the Sun Mountain Band play last Thursday in Haslett Park.

Joshua Thomas - Dick Solberg, the Sun Mountain Fiddler, plays Haslett Park with the Sun Mountain Band.


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