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On Saturday, September 9 from 2 to 5 p.m., the Cayuga Waterfront Trail will come alive with a spontaneous festival of music and dance. Triphammer Arts Inc is delighted to collaborate for the second year with Rick Manning and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative to present Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail, a family-friendly music and dance “happening” on the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

The original Watermusic arose a few years ago from Rick Manning’s vision to see a range of musicians playing along the shores of the inlet, creating a performance event that could be enjoyed from the water or from the trail. In the summer of 2016, dancers were added to the mix.

This summer’s Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail will feature musicians making music, paddlers paddling, pedalers pedaling, and walkers walking and watching along the waterfront trail. And it’s FREE! Drop by multiple locations along the trail and enjoy an impressive roster of bluegrass, jazz, folk, Celtic and swing musicians, including Joe Crookston, Steve Stull, Tom Mank and Sera Smolen, Diana Leigh Trio, Rick Manning, Stan Stewart, Michael Roddy, Susan Waterbury and Dave Whiting, Hilltoppers Bluegrass Band, Zingology String Quartet, and many more.

Dancers from across central New York will walk, skip, shimmy, amble and flow to the Waterfront Trail to join the popular Watermusic event. Dancing on the Trail, conceived and directed by Jeanne Goddard and Steve Stull of Triphammer Arts Inc. will place dancers in grassy groves to perform choreographed and improvised movement happenings, both subtle and surprising, celebrating Ithaca in the summertime – foliage, bird life, water, and sky. Choreographer Cindy Stevens will perform near the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, and Jeanne Goddard’s ensemble will dance under the trees across the inlet from the Farmers’ Market. Dancers include Janice Kovar, Risa Lieberwitz, Lesley Tillotson, and others.

Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail is accessible by land or by sea. The dances can be seen, and the music can be heard, from the trail or from the water – so bring your kayak, paddleboard, bicycle, or walking shoes and come on down!

For a map of locations and performer schedule, please visit Rain date is Sunday 9/10/17.

Featured image provided by Triphammer Arts Inc. 

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