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Morristown’s Gateway Museum offering summer concerts, programs

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MORRISTOWN - The Gateway Museum is offering a full slate of events for the summer and fall, featuring concerts and other activities in hopes of making the village a summer destination for area residents and their families.

A series of seven concerts begins on July 14, with the Northern Lights Orchestra. The concerts are made possible in part by a community arts grant through a partnership between St. Lawrence County Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. The concerts will be held in Chapman Park, with a rain location of the Spilman Auditorium in the museum on Main Street.

Museum employee Mary C. Spilman said the concerts provide a chance for residents to simultaneously enjoy a view of the St. Lawrence River and great music. She said the events are also a major fund raising opportunity for the museum, as those in attendance are given a chance to offer donations during each performance.

In addition to this summer’s musical lineup, there will be three classes which are open to the public, according to Mrs. Spilman. On July 15, there will be a wood carving class from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. which will be taught by Jack Taylor. On July 16, Wilson Bickford will teach a painting class, and there will be a series of three art classes for children ages 6 to 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. July 22 through 24.

Other events are a discussion on the War of 1812 on July 17, and a presentation on antique fishing equipment on Aug. 6. The display will be available at the museum for two weeks. There will be a reception and book signing for Scott Ouderkirk’s book on Aug. 21, and the annual Pat Ceresoli Spaghetti Dinner at the Morristown Fire Hall on Aug. 22.

Also on display in the museum is a miniature of the village, which has some added buildings from previous years, and has been mainly constructed by Jeff Swift and Wayne Latham. There will also be a classic car at the museum which was owned by the late Steve Spilman.

The Gateway Museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information on the wood carving workshops, call 713-4549. To register for the painting classes, call 375-3042, and for the children art classes, call 375-8260.

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