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Colton kicking off summer of festivities on June 26

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COLTON - Colton’s natural and physical assets are the backdrop for a diversity of things to do this summer throughout the town of Colton.

And the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee is working with a number of partners to organize and promote a series of events which start right after high school graduations.

A series of five outdoor performances kicks off the summer season at 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Gazebo on Main Street overlooking the Raquette River. Award-winning performers Bill Smith and Don Woodcock, teamed up as Rosin & Rhyme, will treat listeners to a wonderful mix of fiddle tunes and stories of older times.

The summer series continues on Wednesday evenings with Sin Wagon organized by George Cox on July 17, the Akwesasne Women Singers led by Theresa “Bear” Fox on July 31, Mary Ann Casale & Andy Van Duyne on Aug. 7 and concludes with the12 Struck duo Rob Zolner and Bruce Dewey on Aug. 21.

The Colton Riverside Gazebo Performances are made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Refreshments will be available for listeners to enjoy during the performances. The rain location for all performances is the town’s Pavilion on Sugar Bush Lane in the hamlet of South Colton.

Right after the 4th of July whitewater releases by Brookfield Renewable Energy resume at Stone Valley. Whitewater kayaking coincides with the releases on July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 (Labor Day). Weather permitting, volunteers will be at the main trail head past the Fire Station on Riverside Drive on release days to provide information about the trail system and events in town. The Finish Line Lounge located nearby on Main Street in the hamlet of Colton also serves as a Whitewater Welcome Center for spectators and paddlers alike.

Colton Country Day this year is becoming a multi-day event—kicked off by the Gazebo Performance on July 17. Main events hosted by the Colton Historical Society take place on July 20 all along Main Street. A youth fishing derby also is being held July 21. And before, during and after other events—on July 18, 19, 20, and 21—The 1940’s Radio Hour directed by Karen Wells of Grasse River Players will be performed on stage at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School. People attending the various events might want to plan some extra time to also check out the town’s John Stone Memorial Nature Trail, located nearby off Pleasant Street (County Route 58), which is getting some needed attention by volunteers in the community.

On July 27 the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee is once again hosting a Flea Market at the Pavilion located at Swift Field in South Colton. The Flea Market coincides with community-wide garage sales that weekend. This year fees paid by Flea Market vendors as well as the proceeds from a Silent Auction being organized by Judy Brassard of Three Falls Antiques will support improvements at the town’s new Three Falls Park located at the corner of State Highway 56 and Sugar Bush Lane.

People interested in learning more about these and other summer events should check the town’s website (http://www.townofcolton.com) as well as its Town of Colton page on Facebook. Also hardcopies of the Tourism & Beautification Committee’s schedule will be available in the Town Hall as well as at the two post offices and the two information centers in town. Staffed by volunteers during the summer the Colton Information Center at Stone Valley is located in the Museum on Main Street in the hamlet of Colton. The Raquette River Information Center is on State Highway 56 in the hamlet of South Colton across from the Post Office.

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