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Hammond Museum hosts summer events


HAMMOND — Lizards, fiddles and miniature pigs are just some of things visitors to the Hammond Museum, 1 North Main St., will find on Wednesdays this summer.

The museum board is kicking off its summer events at 7 this evening with a crowd favorite, the River Rat Rhythm Project Steel Drum Band.

“It’s very popular,” organizer Donna L. Demick said. “It’s something so unique from anything you’ll find in the north country.”

Performing a mix of Caribbean and island music, the River Rat Rhythm Project is a community group made up of nearly 50 students and adults from Northern New York.

The band takes up so much space that the venue has been changed from the museum to the Hammond Fire Hall, 300 Lake St.

“They are extremely talented and it’s incredible to see a mix of kids as young as 10 and adults participating together.” Ms. Demick said. “They are a good way to start off the summer.”

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Upcoming events:

n 2 p.m. July 17: Flying T Ranch will feature animal fun with Pat Tate, who owns the ranch. The petting zoo will feature horses, lamas, alpacas, miniature pigs and rabbits. Ms. Tate also will show how to care for and feed the animals.

n 7 p.m. July 24: the Rev. David Sheppard, who serves the churches in Rossie, Brier Hill and Chippewa Bay, will sing gospel music and tell jokes and stories.

n 7 p.m. July 31: Abigail Carter will perform Highland dancing. Ms. Carter, who won a prize for dancing in the GlenGarry Highland Games in Canada, will explain the story and meaning behind each dance. Rene Corbin also will perform music from the British Isles.

n 2 p.m. Aug. 7: Rick West and His Birds of Prey program features American birds and exotic birds.

n 7 p.m. Aug. 14: The Stardust singer, Debbie Miller, will perform songs for the whole family, including songs from Walt Disney films.

n 7 p.m. Aug. 21: The award-winning, all-female band Sweet Adelines will perform a cappella harmonies.

n 7 p.m. Aug. 28: Casey Street Shuffle will perform Celtic and North American folk songs.

n 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15: Fiddlers Fling, featuring fiddle playing and square dancing.

All events will be held at the museum barn, with the exception of River Rats Rhythm Project Steel Drum Band and Fiddlers Fling, which will be held at the Hammond Fire Hall.

All shows are free except for Fiddlers Fling, which costs $3 per person. The museum will collect a free-will offering for the performers at other shows.

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