Ti Festival Guild to open season

TICONDEROGA - The Tuesday Concert Series of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild begins on July 6 with a concert by Towne Meeting.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion behind their building on Montcalm Street. Parking spots are available at the pavilion and can be reached by traveling Carnegie Place and turning right or by Tower Avenue with a turn left at the Elks Club. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Towne Meeting appeared on the Ti Festival Guild stage in 2009 and have been brought back by popular demand.

"The audience liked the group's delivery of vintage and contemporary music, and their distinctive blend of vocals and acoustic sounds," said Cathie Burdick, guild executive director.

Dennis Hulbert, Miles Moody and Gary VanCour are retired teachers, Richard Sutphen works in the cable TV industry and Justin VanCour is a TV commercial producer. Based in Plattsburgh, the group gets its name from Gary VanCour's wife's family, the Townes, who held family reunions that ended with song fests. Towne Meeting symbolizes folks coming together at family and community gatherings.

Tickets for the concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the entrance and at Rathbun Jewelers on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga.

Refreshments will be sold at the snack bar by members of the Knights of Columbus.

Sponsor for the evening concert is Glens Falls National Bank. The Ti Festival Guild is supported by grants from the New York Council on the Arts, by donations from area businesses and by memberships from local residents and visitors. Information is available at 585-7015.

Arts Trek

The first Arts Trek program for children on July 7 is "The Lost Dragon," presented by the Puppet People at 10:15 a.m.

"We'll explore the fantastical land of Utopia with Princess Wincess as she tries to bring her people out of fairy tale land and into the modern world," Burdick said.

The sponsors of this Arts Trek is the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union.

The Arts Treks are supported by grants from the Southern Lake Champlain Trust, the International Paper Foundation, the Essex County Division of Youth, the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks, by a donation from Stewart's Shops, and by individual donors.

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