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Jessica Nicosia - The Fox Creek Band played to a small crowd in Haslett Park last Thursday despite the rainy weather. From left, Ron Bender, John Mento, Linda Lee, Phil Minnich, Linda MacIntosh, and Larry Edwards.

Jessica Nicosia - Nancy and Steve Herron try to come to the concerts in Haslett Park as much as possible. ”It’s very enjoyable, it’s relaxing,” said Nancy last Thursday, while the couple listened to the Fox Creek Band.

Jessica Nicosia - Edna Walts came to see the Fox Creek Band in Haslett Park last Thursday with her friend Diane Treen, of Ilion, not pictured.  “I love country,” she said.

Jessica Nicosia - Dayle Chandler, left, and Susan Calhoun enjoyed the Fox Creek Band in Fort Plain’s Haslett Park last Thursday. The pair follows the local concerts in Fort Plain, St. Johnsville, and Canajoharie.


Not even rain can keep the crowd away from Fox Creek performance

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Updated: 8:46 AM


For the C-S-E

FORT PLAIN  —  Rainy weather didn’t stop residents of Fort Plain and surrounding towns and villages from coming out to see the Fox Creek Band in Haslett Park last Thursday night.

Although the crowd was diminished from its usual numbers, 20 to 30 people sat on the lawn in front of the gazebo with or without umbrellas, enjoying the music.

“This is the first time that it has rained for me,” said Reverend Alan Griffith, pastor of The United Methodist Church of Fort Plain, who was helping serve refreshments, including ice cream and brownies, to raise money for the church.

Griffith estimated that 80 people usually come to watch the concerts in Fort Plain, most sitting on the lawn and some listening from their cars.

Some people were there to support band members they knew personally, including rhythm player Ron Bender’s wife, Debbie, and drummer John Mento’s daughter-in-law and wife.

“I came to support the band,” said Debbie. “I come to every concert. Even in the rain.”

“We know Linda, we like to listen to her,” said Judy Hunter, from Galway, continuing of Haslett Park, “It’s a cozy spot to be. It’s a cute little park.”

Others attended as big fans of the Fox Creek Band.

“I like the band,” said Art Steves, of Palatine. “It’s just something for people to do  —  a place to go.”

“I enjoy the music, because I love country,” explained Edna Walts. “We don’t always get all country but you know, we take what we get. Just to get out, meet your friends and buy ice cream, visit. And I love Linda Lee, she is a great country singer.”

Walts goes to all the summer concerts in Fort Plain and other nearby villages with her friend, Diane Treen, who drives from Herkimer to meet her.

“I come so I can be with her,” noted Treen.

And there are still other residents who had never heard of the band, but just wanted something to do to break up the routine.

“It’s better than sitting in front of the TV,” said Steve Herron, in attendance with his wife Nancy.

“It’s enjoyable,” said Dayle Chandler. “It gets people out and about, meeting different people, and you know, just talking in general.”

“Wherever we can go. We follow them,” said Susan Calhoun, Chandler’s friend, of the summer concerts in the area. “The rain’s not going to stop us.”

Jessica Nicosia - Gerry Girard brought his daughter Skylar, 11, to hear the Fox Creek Band in Haslett Park last Thursday. ”It is just a good community event, and it’s free. And it’s a nice night, it’s summertime, it’s beautiful,” said Gerry.

Jessica Nicosia - Judy and Richard Hunter, of Galway, came to see the Fox Creek Band play in Haslett Park last Thursday because they know one of the singers.


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