Yesterday evening was the last summer concert by the Greenport Band. Founded in 1851 the Greenport Band has played summer concerts next to the harbor most every year since. (The band was not active during WW II.)
We went early and ate dinner before the concert. Greenport now has a rooftop restaurant.
Views from the restaurant.
View of the restaurant from Mitchell Park.
The Camera Obscura in Mitchell Park.
The Band in Mitchell Park.
The Greenport Band played very well, marches, polkas, sentimental songs, etc.
Just before playing the Star Spangled Banner the conductor mentioned that the Greenport flag was properly at half mast. The band had played at Southold two days before and the Southold flag was at full staff. (I use the word "mast" for the Greenport flag since their flagpole is a ship's mast with main and topmasts, yards and standing rigging.)
Last night was the conductor's 25th anniversary with the Band so there was a a little ceremony. He got a card, a restaurant voucher and an Amazon.com gift card.
He talked a bit about the band. The conductor before him had done 47 seasons. There is a couple in the band, a clarinet and a trombone who have played with the band for 63 seasons. The oldest member of the band is a 92 year-old retired USAF general who plays trombone. The youngest member is just starting 8th grade.
In other band news, there is going to be a band in Riverhead this Fall. They have asked Mrs. V. to play with them. She is thinking about it. Their last concert would be Nov. 4th which would delay our planned return to Texas by a week.