PHOENIX, NY – As the seasonal clock ticks off the last days of summer, Phoenix’s Henley Park heated up one more time Monday evening with the village’s 2014 Music in the Park Concert Series, this week featuring the acoustic rock group Hendry.
Community organizer Carole Sponable said there is only one concert left this year, on Friday, “Then we start planning for next year.”
Thanks to a grant from CNY Arts and contributions from local businesses, the village of Phoenix and private individual donations, the Phoenix Community Concert Series has brought 16 live shows to the village park, one every Monday and Friday evening since July to the joy of community members near and far.
“We’ll start planning early for next year,” Sponable said. “The dates fill up quickly.” She added that donations made the night of the concert go to support shows next summer.
“Concert goers gave $880.54 in donations last year,” she said. The remaining money came through a grant from CNY Arts.
On behalf of the Concert Series Sponable thanked the sponsoring partners including the town of Schroeppel, Phoenix Community and Youth Council, the Phoenix Public Library and CNY Arts.
The village of Phoenix and Phoenix Fire Station provided the venue, and program sponsors Fulton Savings Bank, Allanson-Glanville Tappan Funeral Homes, Faunta Belle (Skeets) DenBleyker, Sharon Chevrolet, R.F.H’s Hide-a-Way, County Time Cafe, St. Stephen’s Church, Wrightway Hardware and The Phoenix Press contributed to its success.
Monday’s performance by Hendry delighted the crowd from the youngest Phoenician to the oldest.
Moms, Dads and their kids danced together while some couples kicked off their shoes and danced in the grass and still others sat in their lawn chairs tapping their feet and bobbing their heads.
Hendry’s next show will be Sunday at the Lake House Pub in Skaneateles from – 6-9 p.m. The band also can be found on Facebook at Hendryband.
The final 2014 Friday Nights of Fun features Two Feet Short playing “oldies you’ll love to remember” in the Henley Park Pavilion on Friday and the show begins at 6 p.m.