Shiffer to Conduct in Hometown for Hometown Day


Paul Shiffer conducts the Canastota Community Band. The Band will present the annual concert for Peterboro Hometown Day at 7 p.m. in Peterboro.

(Peterboro, NY – Aug. 2012) Peterboro resident Paul Shiffer was on the committee to organize the first Peterboro Hometown Day for the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department. In those early years, as the director of the Morrisville-Eaton High School Band, Shiffer brought the student band to the Peterboro event. After retirement Shiffer became the conductor for the Canastota Community Band, and for those years the Community Band has played the Sunday evening concert for Peterboro Hometown Day.

The Canastota Community Band will play on the lawn of the Peterboro Area Museum, in the hamlet, at 7 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5. The Peterboro United Methodist church will be serving ice cream with slices of homemade pies before and during the band concert.

Shiffer exclaims that he likes outdoor concerts and is pleased with the summer concert program that will include Sousa and Berlin favorites as well as tunes from Guys and Dolls. He admits that The Klaxon is one of his favorite pieces, with its horns and saxes. Vocal pieces will be accomplished by Becky Sabin, “the Kate Smith of Madison County.”

The evening concert follows the annual Peterboro Hometown Day which will be held on, and around, “The Green” in the center of the Hamlet of Peterboro from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The day’s activities include the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department chicken barbeque, the Crystal Kay Dancers, sack races, comedy hour, a frog jumping contest, bounce house, crafters, croquet, displays, dunking booth, exhibits, a fish pond, games, a Peterboro United Methodist Church candy sale, and free admission to the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, the Peterboro Area Museum, and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information contact Crystal Farrar at 315-684-3262.

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