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Akwesasne Singers performing July 31 at the Colton Gazebo

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COLTON - So far this summer nearly 400 people have enjoyed the town of Colton’s 2013 series of Colton Riverside Gazebo Performances.

The series continues from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. July 31 with a special performance by The Akwesasne Women Singers.

The Akwesasne Women Singers will perform social songs which leader Theresa ‘Bear’ Fox indicates are done to bring people together and to lift everyone’s spirit. They will explain the meaning of the songs and demonstrate how they are danced. Audience participation is encouraged as they perform the Friendship Dance, Old Moccasin Dance, Duck Dance and more. Performances by The Akwesasne Women Singers benefit Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School.

The series of performances is being held at the Gazebo behind the Museum at 95 Main St. in the hamlet of Colton overlooking the Raquette River. The rain location is the town’s large covered Pavilion on Sugar Bush Lane in the hamlet of South Colton next to Swift Field. Signs will be posted if the performance is moved from the Gazebo to the Pavilion.

Audience participants should bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn in front of the Gazebo (or on the concrete floor in the Pavilion if moved). Volunteers will be on hand to help people needing assistance. Refreshments will be provided by a local organization; and bathroom facilities will be available.

The town of Colton, centrally located in the Raquette River corridor, is using the live performances to showcase the diversity of talented singers, musicians and storytellers from places along the river. There is no charge to attend since the performances are made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

A special drawing for artwork featuring the Gazebo by local artist Judy Filarecki will be held as a fundraising activity. Other products supporting town tourism and beautification activities, including notecards featuring artwork done by another local artist Don Holland, will be available to purchase as well as the DVD produced by WPBS-TV on The Raquette River Experience.

More information about performances and other summer activities is available on the town website (www.townofcolton.com) and the town of Colton page on Facebook. Hard copies of the summer schedule also are available at the two information centers and post offices in town as well as the town hall. And Ruth McWilliams can be contacted for details (315-262-2450).

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