Saturday: In Sackets Harbor, playing on the porch

Saturday: In Sackets Harbor, playing on the porch

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (WWNY) - The street of Sackets Harbor were lined with musicians Saturday for the village’s second annual “Porch Music Fest.”

It’s what it sounds like - musicians played on the front porches of homes around the village, while music lovers walked the streets of Sackets and took in the sounds. People could stop, sit on folding chairs in front yards and listen.

Listeners applaud at Sackets Harbor's second annual "Porch Fest" of music Saturday.
Listeners applaud at Sackets Harbor's second annual "Porch Fest" of music Saturday. (Source: WWNY)

In all, 22 individuals and groups were booked to play on porches on Ambrose, West Main, West Washington, North Broad, South Broad, Monroe streets - a big part of the village - from noon until 6 PM.

Guitarist Gary Walts says he felt right at home during his set.

“I like to practice, and I don’t like to practice inside. So, I sit out on my own front porch and practice quite a lot," Walts said.

Besides, he said, it’s a way to get a glimpse of a simpler time.

“Porches, historically brought communities together.”

Porch Music Fest co-chair Bill Landers says history is part of the reason the event is put on.

“It was really to bring people into the village, and notice some of our historic porches. Some of the homes have been here since the early 1800′s," Landers said.

Milo Wiley volunteered his porch, and got to know the musicians a little.

“It was nice to talk with them beforehand. You know, find out where they’re from and, you know, how they do it,” Wiley said.

Event organizers said eight musicians and eight porch volunteers have already asked to be a part of the next Porch Music Fest.

7 News was a sponsor of Saturday’s event.

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