Edmore’s annual Music by the Pond series starts May 27

A series of four Music by the Pond events will be held on the lawn alongside the Curtis Pond on the last Sunday in May, June, July and August. Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs, kick back and relax during the evening’s free musical entertainment. — Daily News/Robin Miller

EDMORE — Are you looking for a bit of simple, old-fashioned summertime fun? Sweet Swing will kickoff Edmore’s Music by the Pond series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Curtis Pond gazebo.

This is the 11th year for Music by the Pond. Four free and uniquely different musical venues will be featured this season on the last Sunday of the month, May through August.

The Glenn D. Curtis Edmore Trust, Packaging Corporation of America, Village of Edmore and River Valley Credit Union are sponsors of this year’s series.

Music by the Pond coordinator Kathy Perkins said this summer’s lineup is a wonderful way to kick back and relax on a Sunday evening. The assortment of different acts are certain to satisfy almost everyone’s taste in music, according to Perkins.

This month’s crowd will be entertained with Sweet Swing’s versatile mix of jazz, light classical, new age and kelzmer music.

Sweet Swing made its debut as a trio in 2006 — vocalist Debrorah Kay Knauf on piano, Keith Hudson on clarinet and Jerry Roys on drums. Seth Sutton joined the band on string bass in 2011.

The four band members bring a load of musical flair to town.

Hudson is a retired band and orchestra teacher from Greenville Public Schools. He gives private woodwind lessons to local students and plays lead alto saxophone in the Flat River Big Band.

Roys, also a retired Greenville teacher, has played drums professionally most of his life, including in the Air Force in South and Central America. Today he plays professional drum gigs throughout Michigan, including ones with the Flat River Big Band.

Deborah Kay operates a piano studio in Lowell, where she teaches 30 to 40 students weekly. She plays at church, weddings, dinner receptions and country clubs.

Sutton — founder of the country swing band Midnight Cattle Callers — plays string bass and guitar around the state. He also coordinates events for the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce.

All performances at Music by the Pond begin at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available at the Curtis Community Building on Sheldon Street. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts will be held inside the Curtis Community Building in case of rain.

For more information about events and businesses located in Edmore, email the Edmore Chamber of Commerce at edmore@edmorechamber.com.

2012 MUSIC BY THE POND EVENTS
May 27
Sweet Swing — a variety of jazz and klezmer music
June 24
Strictly Country — classic country
July 29
Wyatt and Shari Knapp — traditional country, classic rock, gospel and pop
Aug. 26
Free Wheelin’ — bluegrass concert held at the conclusion of Edmore’s Potato Festival. Ice cream will be served by Edmore Area Chamber of Commerce, compliments of Packaging Corporation of America.

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