Despite lack of funding, concert series to continue

PORTHENRY-Despite a shortage of funds, the Moriah Chamber of Commerce is confident its summer concert series will go on as planned.

"We're going to find a way," said Jack Woods, president of the chamber.

So far the organization has only received a $350 grant from Stewart's to be put toward the program. Woods said ultimately the concert series will need $3,000 to $3,500 to take place.

The organization recently applied for a $1,000 ACAP grant, but Woods said he now believes the chamber, if approved, will only be qualified to receive $750.

Woods said local businesses often donate to the project, but the economy has been slow lately.

"This year people are hard hit," he said. "We understand that."

Woods said the chamber also plans to raise money for the program by "passing-the-hat" at the concerts. Donations will not be required for the free events.

Whatever happens, Woods said the series will take place. In years past, for instance, the organization has kicked in over $1,000 to fund the event.

A musical lineup has not been established yet.

"A lot of the bands work with us and give us good prices," Woods said.

Concerts in the summer series will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, and 19. The concerts will be held in the bandstand at park Place in Port Henry, adjacent to the town hall.

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