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Hammond Museum hosts summer events


HAMMOND — Lizards, fiddles and miniature pigs are just some of things visitors to the Hammond Museum, 1 N. Main St., will find this summer.

The museum is kicking off its summer events today with a crowd favorite, the River Rat Rhythm Project Steel Drum Band.

“It’s very popular,” organizer Donna L. Demick said. “It’s something so unique from anything you’ll find in the north country.”

Performing a mix of Caribbean and island music, the River Rat Rhythm Project is a community group made up of nearly 50 students and adults from Northern New York.

The event is so large that it’s been relocated from the museum to the Hammond Fire Hall, 300 Lake St.

The show will begin at 7 p.m.

“They are extremely talented, and it’s incredible to see a mix of kids as young as 10 and adults participating together,” Ms. Demick said. “They are a good way to start off the summer.”

Here’s the full slate of events:

n July 17 at 2 p.m.: Flying T Ranch will feature animal fun with Pat Tate. The petting zoo will feature horses, llamas, alpacas, miniature pigs and rabbits. Ms. Tate will also show how to care and feed the animals.

n July 24 at 7 p.m.: Pastor David Sheppard, who serves churches in Rossie, Brier Hill and Chippewa Bay, will sing gospel music and tell jokes and stories.

n July 31 at 7 p.m.: Abigail Carter will perform Highland dancing. Ms. Carter, who won prize for dancing in the GlenGarry Highland Games in Canada, will also explain what each dance is and what the dance means. Rene Corbin will then perform music from the British Isles. Ms. Corbin has previously performed at Highland Games.

n Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.: Rick West and His Birds of Prey. Mr. West is licensed to handle birds of prey and works with many zoos in Syracuse and Watertown. You never know what exotic or American birds is going to come up with next.

n Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.: The Stardust Singer, Debbie Miller, will perform songs perfect for the whole family, including those of Walt Disney films.

n Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.: The award-winning, all-female band Sweet Adelines will perform their famous a cappella harmonies.

n Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.: Casey Street Shuffle will perform many Celtic and North American folk songs.

n Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.: Fiddlers Fling will entertain the crowd with fiddle playing and square dancing.

All events will be held at the museum barn, with the exception of River Rats Rhythm Project Steel Drum Band and Fiddlers Fling, which will be held at the Hammond Fire Hall.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

All shows are free to the public except for Fiddlers Fling, which costs $3 per person. Donations collected by the museum will benefit performers.

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