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Joshua Thomas
A huge crowd gathered on the downtown Canajoharie NBT Bank lawn to watch The McKrells perform Tuesday during Music on Main Street.

Joshua Thomas
A huge crowd gathered on the downtown Canajoharie NBT Bank lawn to watch The McKrells perform Tuesday during Music on Main Street.

Joshua Thomas
Debbie Hyde and Suzanne Schnettler sell 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit Music on Mainstreet.

Joshua Thomas
A huge crowd gathered on the downtown Canajoharie NBT Bank lawn to watch The McKrells perform Tuesday during Music on Main Street.

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The McKrells entertain as animal shelter fundraises

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Updated: 9:59 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Tuesday, people packed the downtown Canajoharie NBT bank lawn for a lovely night out soundtracked by the McKrells, who, fronted by celtic folk singer Kevin McKrell, delivered a pitch perfect, exuberant set that perfectly scored the fall-like atmosphere.

The Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter raised money at the event, as they have one week each year for at least the last decade. The money they raised selling ice cream sundaes and refreshments will be put primarily toward veterinary bills.

"It's very important," said Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Board Member Dale Folmsbee of the money raised at the event, continuing, "It keeps the animals healthy, and we need it for our vets, and for the operation," of the facility, which recently added a much-needed surgical wing, which saves sick animals from having to travel to Minden for medical care.

The next Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter event will take place in December, when the Sprakers facility will invite the community in for an Open House.

Folmsbee said that the shelter brought more than enough ice cream to cool down the crowd on Tuesday, noting, "We have plenty! We're giving out lots of big dips." Folmsbee also said that she was thrilled with the turnout, and with the fine weather Tuesday evening, joking, "I'm glad it's not raining cats and dogs."

Music on Main Street will continue in downtown Canajoharie (with the rain venue being the Canajoharie High School's Arkell Performing Arts Center) for the next two weeks.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Dana LaCroix and Murali Coryell will perform. Canadian-born songwriter and guitarist Dana LaCroix has a famously smooth voice. She's known for weaving intriguing tales, imbuing each word she sings with meaning. Murali Coryell, son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, is a powerhouse blues guitarist. Put together, the musicians have created a sound all their own.

The series will conclude on August 12 with a performance by Funk Evolution, the official party band of the Capital District. They play a high energy mix of classic funk, R&B and soul, mixing hits that span 40 decades.

The Music on Mainstreet program received support from Saratoga Arts through its Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grants Program, which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Joshua Thomas - The Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter members/friends hand off a sundae to Mikaylah Pollard.

Joshua Thomas - Ayres Animal Memorial Shelter members/friends (from left) Elizabeth Wilson, Dale Folmsbee and Mary Failing make a sundae for Emily Sweezy.

Joshua Thomas - Lead Singer Kevin McKrell, of The McKrells.

Joshua Thomas - Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter members/friends Peg Voth and Elaine Nalli scoop ice cream Tuesday.

     

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