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A hot time in the old town

Written by Kathryn Spira


So I've been writing about how happy I am with the Caroga Lake Music Festival this year. We had company last Saturday when our friends Roberta and Jim joined us for dinner and what was billed as the third in a series of concerts at Sherman's Amusement Park.

Due to the threat of rain, the venue was moved to Nick Stoner Inn. The place was packed out, but it was well worth it.

I enclose a photo of myself with the J-Music Pocket Band with Patrcik Bartley on saxophone, Robbie Lee on piano and Adrian Morring on bass.

After some classical renditions from a "surround sound" of stringed instruments all around the inn, we were treated to CLMF Director Kyle Price, his brother-in-law David Wong and others doing contemporary stylings of Earth, Wind and Fire and then the J-Music group came on to really bring down the house. My aide Alee #1 came with us, and she was really glad since Aly #2 was usually the one who got to go with us (not on purpose it's just the way the schedule worked out).

My love of classical music has deep roots but I wasn't as enthused with jazz until I met Herman and was influenced by his great love of Jazz. The concert at Nick Stoner Inn started with a beautiful classical piece with string instruments shortly after this opening there was a group called the J-Music Pocket Band. This is a three piece group with piano, bass, and a wonderfully talented saxophonist. It was both exciting and moving. Patrick Bartley was so into playing his saxophone that he was literally lost in his own playing. It was quite a sight to see. (See pictures below: Me with the J-Music Band, the crowd at Nick Stoner Inn and Patrick "juking out" with the band.))

In hindsight I'm glad we got to see Patrick Bartley, playing his sax at Nicks Stoner Inn rather then Sherman's because the atmosphere to me seemed much more intimate being indoors. Also the sound was better indoors then out. As I think about this, I can't imagine how they would have had a piano outside at Sherman's. My aide Aly#2 who is typing for me just said that they probably would have had a keyboard, but it more than likely would not have sounded the same. Keyboards don't have that rich feel to it that painos carry with their strings. I hope you get a chance to see Caroga Lake Music Festival this month. There are only 6 concerts left in the festival they are as follows, Tuesday August 15th @ 8pmEncore! Jazz Sessions: Nick Stoner Inn, Wednesday, August 16th @ 7pm Jason Anick Trip: Timberline Blueberry Farm, Thursday August 17th @6:30pm PAV Concordia Club, Friday August 18th @7pm Caroga Lake Chapel series: An evening of chamber music, Saturday August 19th @ 6pm Sherman's Rivival Series Vocalist Lo Marie with CLMF musicians, Sunday August 20th @ 11am Brunch and concert Paul Nigra Center and also Sunday August 20th @ 6pmHawthorne Valley School. That will complete the 29 concerts in 30 days here in Caroga Lake!



About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site

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