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Cassadaga’s Summer Concert Series is up and running

Submitted Photo Big Tone opened this year's Summer Concert Series in Cassadaga.

CASSADAGA — On July 12, Big Tone rocked Cassadaga Lake as the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga “tested the waters” for presenting live outdoor music during a pandemic. The audience numbers were well below the required 33% capacity of the park and were observing safety procedures (staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks when appropriate and signing in and using hand sanitizer upon entry). Super Duper Catering provided hot dogs, burgers, tacos in a bag and drinks to the appreciative concert goers. The many boat attendees were also observing social distance and probably doubled the attendance on land. Big Tone was sponsored by Sons of American Legion Post 1280, Salon 17, Community Bank and Robo Enterprises. Kudos to Cassadaga residents for pulling this off safely and now the concert series can go on!

On July 26, the O Zone Rangers will take the stage from 5-7 p.m. This classic rock, country, southern rock band is well known in the area and will certainly delight ZZ Top fans. O Zone Rangers are sponsored by United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and also made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.

On Aug. 9, Pedro and the Smooth Cats will play blues, jazz, R & B from 5-7 p.m. This popular local band is sponsored by Savvy Hair, Just Breathe, Bliss Spa and the DenBobs.

On Aug. 23, the Rustic Ramblers will bring their authentic country sound to the floating stage, 5-7 p.m. These “old geezers” as they like to call themselves are sponsored by the Village of Cassadaga.

On Sept. 6, 2nd Street Sunset will be playing classic rock and oldies from 5-7 p.m. This concert is a “Pirate Party”! You can join the boat parade which begins at 4:30 p.m. at the DEC Launch on Dale Drive or be a landlubber. Prizes for best pirate boat and pirate costumes! Warning – a certain band member mentioned putting a canon on the stage. This concert is sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association.

The Cassadaga Floating Stage is located at Cassadaga Beach on Park Avenue. Come by boat or bring a blanket or chair. Parking is limited, so if you are able, please park at the firehall on Mill Street or the Park Church on Maple Avenue. Signing in at the gate you enter is required. Social distancing and using a mask when appropriate are also required. Only 158 people will be allowed entry to the lakeside park. Boat attendance is unlimited but please do not tie up with another boat unless they are in your “circle of trust”. Super Duper Catering will be providing mouthwatering goodies for each concert.

Because we live in an uncertain world, all concerts are tentative and may be canceled at any time. In case of inclement weather, events will be canceled and may or may not be re-scheduled. For updated information, please go to cbcassadaga.org or Citizens for a Better Cassadaga Facebook page. You can also call 716 665-8855.

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