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FAIR HAVEN — Music, ice cream and sunshine — all likely notes in a summertime anthem — filled Fair Haven for the village's Porch Fest on Sunday.

More than 20 different porches, businesses or lawns were transformed into venues on Sunday for Fair Haven's Porch Fest. More than 30 area musicians, ranging from full bands to solo artists — playing instruments ranging from ukuleles to alpenhorns — took to the stages to give performances from noon to 6 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. a jam with all the musicians was slotted to take place at Sterling Cidery on Richmond Avenue.

It's "good old summertime," Frank Carbone said of the festival. He and his wife, Terry, are from Oswego but have friends in Fair Haven so they've attended a few of the Porch Fests over the years.

Terry explained that Fair Haven "really comes alive in the summer," as she detailed that they already had lunch at a local winery, got ice cream in the village and then got to enjoy music. "What more could you ask for?" she added.

"This is our first time, we're enjoying it," said Lou Stoner of himself and his wife, Kathy, who were camping at Fair Haven Beach State Park and listening to the band 8th and Lake play at Central Park with the Carbones.

"This is perfect," Kathy chimed in, adding that it's fun to wander around the village to explore the different musicians.

More than 100 others were listening to 8th and Lake around 2:30 p.m. Friends visited and mingled under trees as they listened, some swayed along to the music and countless others watched from camp and folding chairs.

Next door to The Front Porch Gift Shop, one of the porch venues, some local artisans set up a small display outside of South Shore Artisans on Main Street.

Nikki Kettren and Pat Cooper said Porch Fest isn't usually one of the best days to get people to look through their cooperative artist gallery since many people are carrying chairs, however, they said it can help get people interested to come back another day.

"It's great for Fair Haven, for people to come and see what we have," Kettren said of the Porch Fest. "There's more to Fair Haven than the State Park."

"We're a friendly little village," Cooper added.

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.


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