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Big Band Comes to Somers' Bailey Bandstand

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers Parks and Recreation Department sponsored its third event of the season on Sunday at Bailey Park.

The Norm Hathaway Big Band, set up in the gazebo, played hits from the 30's and 40's. Songs included many originally performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and the Glenn Miller Band.

Nancy Vella, 89, came from Heritage Hills with her boyfriend, Leroy Smith. "We love this type of music," said Vella. "It's the music of our time. It was the Big Band time."

"We like the beat," added Smith, 85, who pointed out that Vella had "got herself a younger man."

"It brings back memories of times gone by," said Vella. "I was just a teenager when this music was popular."

The couple has made a point of going to see the Hathaway Band every season. "We've gone seven or eight times. We used to have a large group. We'd bring nuts. A couple of people have passed on since then. A number of them can't get here. And some of them 'need to be reminded.'"

Russ Kamensky came from Ridgefield to enjoy the music. "My parents listened to this kind of music when I was a kid," he said.

The fourth and final event of the series will take place on Sunday, July 17. It will feature a group called, "Back to the Garden 1969." The band pays tribute to the music of Woodstock and features songs by Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane and more.

Next week's concert will again be held at Bailey Park, located at the intersection of Routes 202 and 100. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs. The show starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. There is no charge.

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