This week, we went west past the airport to Clinton, PA, to perform at the Findlay Township Fair in the Woodlands. The stage was really set among the trees; with picnic tables and fair booths all around. There were families eating and children playing while they waited in line for extraordinary made-to-order balloon animals.
Our show was between the Kid's "Hay Bail Toss" Contest and the Kid's "Mini-Tractor Pull" Contest!
It was hot and sunny, but the air around the stage was cool and full of butterflies, dragonflies and bees attracted by the cotton candy.
This was the first time the PMO has ever played in this area on the border of Allegheny County. Our set up was complex in comparison to other groups at the fair. Our group is larger than most groups that play this site and initially we felt a little squeezed on that stage. The sound man worked with Charley, Gary, and Emily diligently.
One can't argue with the friendly reception the music received! The orchestra played very well. The comments were very favorable following our performance. One audience member said "People stayed to watch the whole show!" Friends of an orchestra member from the community said they liked the sound and the selections. Gary's rendition of "O Sole Mio" was very well received.
Fairgoers would notice the cases and ask about what we were playing. Some orchestra members stayed after and played for a time near the kids' train station. About 12 folks stopped by them and asked questions about the instruments and the history of the mandolin.
During this event the PMO was introduced to hundreds of people who had never heard our name before.