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The Goff Brothers of Plattsburgh will present a benefit concert this Friday evening, June 14, at the Essex Community Church. The four brothers range in age from 12 to 18 and will play classical music on cello, piano and violin. These young men, who have played in the church’s concert series before, are the grandsons of Essex’s Norma Goff. They offered to play a benefit for the concert series after learning of the loss of the series’ former supporting grants. The program begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10, with students admitted for free.

It’s time to start thinking about entering a float in this year’s Fourth of July parade. It doesn’t have to be an actual float, in that you could dress up like a portrait painter and march along representing the Adirondack Art Association, or you could demonstrate your ability to juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time. I’ve seen both. Of course real floats are welcome to join the fire trucks and bagpipe band already scheduled to appear. There are also a couple of dignitaries looking for parade conveyances. They should be dignified vehicles, preferably of the convertible sort, but don’t need to reach the level of the Pope-mobile. While a Duesenberg would look great, it turns out the stop and go of parades causes overheating in older cars, but if you’d like to lend your late-model Rolls or sedan chair with 8 husky bearers, please let me know. The Fourth is a Thursday this year, and the fireworks display at Begg’s Point will be on Friday evening, July 5. Call either 963-7072 or 963-4060 if you’d like to enter a float.

A second art gallery is preparing to open in downtown Essex. It will be in the small shop next to the current AAA gallery in the old stone firehouse. Art galleries prosper when you have a number of them in one place, in that more buyers will be attracted to the wider range of offerings. With the relatively large number of eateries in town (art lovers generally are food lovers) here’s hoping we have a great summer in Essex.

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