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Middleburgh Pride Day Slated for July 6th

Written By Editor on 6/29/13 | 6/29/13

The Village of Middleburgh and Middleburgh Area Business Association is proud to present the first Middleburgh Pride Day on Saturday, July 6th starting at 11am. The event will showcase projects of the Village, Library, Rotary, Knights of Columbus, businesses, and other community organizations. All are welcome to take part in the celebration and we hope to see you there. Parking will be available behind the high school and on Baker Avenue.

Design by Linda Quinn

11am - 1pm: Opening of Middleburgh's new or revamped park projects. Maps will be distributed showcasing the different projects. Visitors may come on the longer tour group or individually. The first stop will be the new community pavilion on Baker Avenue at 11am. We will hear from Trustee Morton and tour the Creekside Park. Stops include the Community Garden, the Pavilion, and the wildflower exhibit.

The next stop will be the two murals on Daniel Ross's law office on Main Street at 11:30. We will hear from artist Patti Brancoforte on the deer mural.

At 12:00 pm we will tour the new Timothy Murphy park across the bridge. Exhibits include the visitor's kiosk, new dog park, and Rotary and Knights of Columbus Pavilion rebuilt after the flood.

At 12:30 visitors will head to the Village Memorial Park near the Elementary School where Eagle Scout candidate Anthony Diecidue repaired the veterans' fountain.

Starting at noon the Library will hold an exhibit on Timothy Murphy and may host a presentation from the Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail.

Along Main Street other attractions are planned. Four Star Realty will be hosting a children's event and will have its grand re-opening at 3pm. The businesses are planning their own open houses similar to Miracle on Main Street. There will be a Kymar Wine tasting at Value Village Liquors on Railroad Avenue. The Best House will be open to visitors. It will be holding a presentation: Finding Your Pieces: Genealogy Tips for Beginners to Advanced researchers hosted by Karen Cuccinello; author and local genaelogist. Free; $5 donations are graciously appreciated.

The MCS Booster Club will be offering refreshments during the event and the Business Association will have a booth at NBT Bank and will be holding a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will be dispersed among the businesses and locations on the tour. Maps will be available at the same location. They will also be selling Middleburgh Pride Day t-shirts for $10. Rotary will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets with the Business Association. The Democratic Party will be holding a barbecue next to Stewart's. Middleburgh Lanes will offer $1 games from 11-2pm. Pasta and Grill will be holding specials all day. The Artisan's Gallery invites visitors to come and view their visiting artist Kathy Turner from Arlington, VA.

Starting at 1pm will be various band acts, mostly consisting of folk music. Thanks to Pat Costello for helping set up the acts. These will last until 7 or 8pm.

- Cosby Gibson of the Flying Song Garden ( The Song Garden performed at last year's Arts and Crafts Festival.

- Palatypus: This is a folk group made up of Matt Durfee and Mike Poulopoulos. Matt is from Middleburgh originally and now resides in Albany. A songwriter for many years, Durfee's unique voice and intricate finger picking weave elements of country, folk, rock, and pop into a style all his own. He has performed regionally throughout the Northeast, both as a solo performer and as a member of the acoustic folk duo Palatypus; his full length album "Little World" is currently in production, and expected to be released within the year...

- The Blackwell Sinners: This is a Family band who plays mostly Folk and is headed up by Courtney Blackwell and her husband. Singer/Songwriter, Courtney Blackwell, provides a soothing blend of balmy melodies and heartfelt lyrics. You can often find her in the local coffeehouse and folk circles. She also plays with her family band, the Blackwell Sinners.

- Sawyer Fredericks: Sawyer is a 14 year old singer and prolific songwriter, who learned his first guitar chords in the fall of 2010. Since then, he has written over 2 dozen complete songs, and countless “doodles,” as he calls them. He has a growing group of fans locally and online in the US, the UK, and Europe, with two of his original songs, “Not My Girl” and “Might Be Brighter,” reaching No. 1 and No. 2 on an independent Top 20 chart in England. Videos of his performances can be found on YouTube and on his musician Facebook page. He recently recorded (and copyrighted!) his first demo CD with six of his original songs. Copies will be made available at all performances this year.

- Black Mountain Symphony: Black Mountain Symphony showcases an eclectic range of influences, blended together to create their own special sound. From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to punk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, the five-piece band sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, blues and jazz. 
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