Town of Chester residents and visitors listen to the classic and contemporary rock music of the Master Cylinders band during a 2013 concert, an installment of the popular 'Music on Main Street' series' with featured performances on the Chester Municipal Center lawn. These concerts, offered at no charge every other Thursday, are jointly sponsored by the Tri-lakes Business Alliance and the town of Chester. The Alliance is launching new events and activities to revive downtown Chestertown as well as the entire northern Warren County region. Photo by Cindy Mead
A variety of summer entertainment events are planned in August and September for the towns of Chestertown and Horicon — the most in recent history.
Following several recent near-sellout events at the revitalized Carol Theater, the next performance features Laura Roth, a world-class, seasoned singer, actress and comedienne featured onstage Saturday Aug. 2, according to Cindy Mead of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.
The Business Alliance has been responsible for establishing a wide variety of events in town as well as revitalizing commerce. Their spinoff group, the Adirondack Performing Arts Council, is now booking events for the Carol Theater, which until a few years ago was vacant and shuttered.
Tickets for Roth’s performance are $15.
The theatrical group Shakespeare in the Raw will be performing “The Tempest” Saturday Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m.. This troupe will be presenting “Henry V” on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for either performance are $20 to $25 with children under 12 free.
The same venue will be hosting rock groups Last Daze and Flackjacket in concert Wednesday August 13 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
For more information on Carol Theater events, call the Performing Arts Council hotline at 494-4495.
The Tri-lakes Business Alliance has also started a biweekly series of Thursday concerts on the lawn of the Chester Municipal Center in Chestertown.
About 140 people turned out for a performance of Stony Creek Band July 24 in an installment of the “Music on Main Street” series.
Upcoming performances in this series include the Steven L. Smith Band on Aug. 7 with their hard-driving country rock, and the Master Cylinders on Aug. 21 with their straight-ahead rock music. Both concerts are free and occur from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
In other news from the Business Alliance, their benefit golf tournament July 26 had nine foursomes participating and the proceeds from the event were about $2,500.
Alliance officials expressed appreciation to Doug O’Brien, Penni Cargioli, Ron Walker and all the businesses who donated raffle items.
Rum Runner’s Weekend, a smash hit in its debut last year, is scheduled for Sept. 12 through Sept. 14. This celebration of the area’s prohibition-era exploits is sponsored by the Tri-lakes Business Alliance.
The next meeting of the committee planning the Rum Runners Weekend is to be held 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Panther Mountain Inn.
Plans to date call for car shows, speakeasy nights, restaurant specials, a Babe Ruth Baseball competition, a vaudeville show at the Carol Theater, a bootlegger’s car chase over Landon Hill and a Charleston dance contest — all popular aspects of the events last year.
New for 2014 is a scavenger hunt that features participants’ progress displayed on the Internet as they visit “Mystery 1920 locations” around town. The website is to be developed by Adam Parish of Amps Computer Service.
Business Alliance members noted at their recent meeting that an impromptu Bike Hop was held at the Panther Mountain Inn on July 18 with 22 motorcycles participating. The Alliance members voted to sponsor such motorcycle shows in the future.
A brand new event announced this week by the Alliance officials is Adirondack Shindig, set for Saturday Aug. 9 in the hamlet of Adirondack, to be held on the same day as the 15th annual Adirondack Yard Sale. The Shindig, a community music and dance event, starts at 5 p.m. Adirondack General Store and Mike & Kathy Hill are organizing this community event.