Tots show talent at “Music in the Park”

Photo by Ken Cashman Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

The youngest members of the audience put on their own show on Sunday evening, Aug. 7.  Ilaria Bergonzi and Alayna Kane couldn’t reach double digits if they added their ages together. But that didn’t stop them from dancing at the Music in the Park Concert in front of Town Hall.

Ilaria, the smaller of the two, moved up and down in time to the music. Alayna swayed from side to side. The youngsters enjoyed themselves without noticing the spectators who were watching them — a group that included Supervisor Richard Randazzo and Deputy Supervisor Helen Bunt.

The guitar and percussion team of Teatum and Battiato provided the music for a crowd of 115 people, who escaped the heat of the evening by placing their lawn chairs in the shade. As a result, there was a stretch of open field between the musicians and the fans. Ilaria and Alayna were in front, where most everyone could see them.

On previous nights, there have been other attractions. “We’ve had a couple of really good sunsets,” Stacey Lyle observed on the morning after the tots’ performance. As the secretary of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, she’s been at every event.

Average attendance has been 250, Ms. Lyle said, with Hurley Mountain Highway drawing the largest crowd of all. “That’s why we invited them back for the Sept. 4 car  show,” she said.

The chamber has provided water for a dollar a bottle, and Mr. Cannoli has sold desserts. The organizers have been lucky with the weather. The sun has been shining for seven out of the first eight performances. The one washout will be made up on Aug. 28.

The chamber revived the concert series after an absence of several years. “We got 10 sponsors in one day,” Joseph Dvash (the chamber vice president) recalled. “And we didn’t have to hard sell it. So we knew we were going in the right direction.”

Mr. Dvash is relatively new to the area. He wasn’t around when the Town hosted concerts in the past. We asked him if he’s had positive feedback since bringing the music back to Town Hall.

“Absolutely,” he replied. “All the time!”

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