Village looking to get more use out of gazebo

DANNEMORA - If you build it, they will come - right?

That was the philosophy behind building the gazebo at the corner of Cook and Flagg streets in 2001, and it's one the village board of trustees is still trying to make happen, said trustee Kathleen E. Kiroy.

"In the past, the library has used it for children's reading programs," said Kiroy. "And, for the last two years we've been offering it to people to use as a place for a farmers market. But, we've never got any takers."

The village board has put forth another effort this year to market a market, but hasn't found any takers, said a disappointed Kiroy.

"It would give people in the village a place to go and get local produce and so forth," she said, adding a market downtown would especially benefit senior citizens. "It'd be a benefit to the people of the community to have something like that available to them."

When it comes to scheduling, Kiroy said the village would even be willing to work with potential vendors.

"We would work with them with whatever they wanted to do," said Kiroy. "It could be during the week even. All they'd have to do is contact us."

In the meantime, what the gazebo has thrived upon is small gatherings, including the village's weekly summer concert series. Since 2004, the village has hosted musical performances on the lawn, with many people setting up their folding chairs in and around the gazebo.

"It took a couple years to get the concert series going, but once we did, people from all areas started coming to it," said Kiroy. "They really enjoy it."

On July 2, the village hosted The Moving On Band and, July 9, The Back Porch Band. The next scheduled performance at the gazebo will be Friday, July 16, featuring Too Big for the Corner. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in using the gazebo may contact the village office at 492-7000, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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