Series a success by any measure

The Granville Summer Concert series stretches into September in 2011 with the final show, The Woods Tea Company, rescheduled to tonight. The eclectic Vermont-based band has closed out the series for three years and will return to do so after a week’s weather delay. 

Concert organizers Rick Roberts and Denise Davies, village clerk treasurer and assistant, said the series continues to see good support from the community and surrounding area as turnouts each week climb into the hundreds.

Despite a tough economy or perhaps because of it, the series continues to see support of all kinds, Roberts said including financial support.

“People are supporting it to the same degree, if not greater, and we’re getting a lot of positive feedback,” Roberts said.

Just one of the ways to gauge how the series is doing, the size of the 50-50 drawing prize each Thursday, shows the people are spending similar amounts to last year.

Funds raised from the 50-50 in the park go into a fund to pay for improvements to Veterans Park including new railings installed around the bandstand two years ago.

Roberts said the elements have been kind to the series up until this week, with only Grand Central Station having some rain fall on the second half of their June 9 show. “Overall it was a pretty good weather year, there were some days we had to watch but some days were really, really nice,” Roberts said. “I’d say we can count ourselves as lucky.” 

Woods Tea Co. is the first reschedule of the season. “We’re grateful we got the weather we did,” he said.  

Planning for the series, which now runs from June until the end of August, has already started, Roberts said.

Not wanting the series to become stale or flat, the organizers have tried to shuffle some wild cards into the deck including the Celtic rock band Prydien who played June 30. Roberts said opinions on the band broke two ways, with few, if any in the middle ground, but it was a change worth attempting.

New music acts are continually being evaluated at the village hall. At times organizers can check out demos and other times, now more than ever go to a band’s website and hear what they have to offer making signing a band less risky.

Roberts said since the series started under the Tom Scott administration, the concert series has grown and it known outside of Granville within band’s circles.

Often bands seek out the series organizers because they’ve heard about Granville and want to come play here, Roberts said.

“I think it’s indicative you have a good venue and the series is healthy,” he said. The little concert series has certainly grown over the years. “When it was started I recall Tom saying it would be something like seven concerts, now it goes on for almost three months and clearly has gotten better through time,” Roberts said. “I think it’s become something that the community looks forward to. When you come to a concert in the park you see people of lots of different ages, people from other places and I think that’s a good thing.”  

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