Sherburne's annual Pageant of Bands on Saturday was another great success. The day was a knock-out: sunny skies and light breeze, although hot was the watch word. The bands performed, the crowds cheered, porch celebrations prevailed, and people in this village came out en masse to enjoy for the 64th year an event that is a hallmark of our community.
Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project held its first Pageant of Bands fundraiser on The Sherburne Inn lawn. Sales of popcorn, water, coffee, Judy's Diner donuts, tee shirts, and more raised over $1,100. Special thanks to Pamme Swan, who donated her time and musical talents to entertain those downtown as they waited for the parade to begin. "Anything for The Sherburne Inn," she said. Angela Jones of Sherburne was the winner of our 50/50 raffle, and Angela has generously donated her winnings back to SSIRP. Thank you Angela!
SSIRP appreciates all who purchased tee shirts over the weekend. SSIRP tee shirts will be on sale again on Saturday, June 8, at the 2nd Annual Sherburne Arts & Crafts Festival in Gaines Park. Please come out to shop, support local artists and crafters, visit SSIRP's booth, and enjoy George Deveny and The Blue Notes, who will be performing at the bandstand beginning at 11:00 a.m. The fair will also feature beer and wine from local vendors, as well as food, a ticket auction, a children's interactive art tent, and exhibitions from Sherburne-Earlville students. This year's honored artist is Julian Button of Sherburne, whose work will be on display. The INNsiders will be on hand to capture oral history from our area, and will be videotaping residents inside the library.
Pageant of Bands and the Arts & Crafts Festival are wonderful days for our community. Young and old (and everyone in between) "lending a hand" every day can and will make Sherburne even better.