Perking Up

FULTONVILLE – With the sound of folk songs playing, families and music lovers alike came to enjoy a day outdoors at the sixth annual Party in the Perk Summer Special Open Mic on Saturday at George P. Snyder Park in the village.

The free event featured about 25 acts performing acoustic music for a crowd of more than 200 people.

Event organizer Tom Staudle said he started the event as a way for families who would not be going away on a vacation to get out and enjoy the summer weather.

“If you come out and enjoy the day, then I have done my job,” Staudle said.

Staudle said he sent out for volunteers Friday night and was amazed at the number of people who offered to lend a hand.

“We’re having a great time; I can’t believe so many great people showed up,” Staudle said.

Musical acts got to play three songs each, and face painting and Pip Squeaks the Clown were on hand to entertain the children.

Staudle said all the food and drinks for the event were donated by local businesses, including Hannaford, Stewarts and Walmart. Music group County Line Rebels donated use a mobile stage for the event as well.

Canned goods were also collected for the local food pantry. Staudle said once people find out the event is free for the public, they are always willing to give something to help.

Bottle deposits from beverages consumed at the event are given to local youth groups.

Staudle also puts on weekly open mic nights at the Acoustic Coffee House at Fultonville United Methodist Church.