Oswego Valley Fiddlers to present special tribute

REDFIELD — The Oswego Valley Fiddlers will present a special tribute to the late Susan Barrington at their concert, scheduled for 2-5 p.m. June 23 at the at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, 1121 Comins Road, Redfield, with free dance lessons before the concert, from noon to 2 pm.

This special event is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.

Barrington was an active member of NYSOTFA, serving as a board member and treasurer. She was also active in the Oswego Valley chapter. Most of all, she was a font of information and source of encouragement for the organization.

The afternoon will include a display of photography that Barrington enjoyed. Photo albums will be available. Among the many fond memories of Barrington was her large collection of ceramic pigs. These will be available for purchase, with donations going to NYSOTFA.

The concert will be preceded by free dance lessons with Vickie Wheeler, the Oswego Valley Chapter’s president, teaching line dancing. Other dances on the agenda include square dancing and polka, taught by Keith Hunt and clogging taught by Ruth Florey and Lynda Vaadi.

Parking is free, facilities are handicapped accessible and covered, and parents can supervise their children in the adjacent kids’ playground. The Fiddlers’ Museum and Kitchen will be open all afternoon for viewing and special treats.

Upcoming free concerts at the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Museum include:

June 30, 2-5 p.m., Jim Kimball, professor of American folk music at SUNY Geneseo, will perform and share his tales of historic fiddling and dancing in New York state;

July 7 Black River Valley Fiddlers – fiddling, songs  & round & square dance;

July 14: Mac Claflin, a fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee, from Fulton;

July 21: Eileen Nicholson Kalfass from Syracuse, SAMMY award winner.

July 26-28 – Fiddlers Picnic Festival, featuring Patti Kusturok of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ca.

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