Trumansburg Connection: Porchfest returns with new musical lineup


Trumansburg Porchfest comes back to the T-burg Village for the third year this Saturday, June 15, from noon to 5 p.m. As the boundaries of porch eligibility have changed this year due to the addition of sidewalks in the Village, this year’s ‘fest will host nearly 50 bands including favorites All Strung Out, The Darts, Cayuga Blue Notes, ToiVo, and Lora Pendleton & Pat Burke. New this year is the comedy and music of international performing and recording artist, “SingTrece” and comedian husband Kenneth McLaurin with Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes from 4 to 5 p.m. at 42 Whig St. The Trumansburg After School Program kids will also offer a child-oriented activity on the corner of McLallen and Washington Street.

In addition to the official Porchfest bands, there will be an after ‘Parking Lot Party’ at Ron Don’s Village Pub with the I Don’t Know Why’s, Trimmers Ice cream, BBQ, and guest bartenders, Angie and Christie.

Porchfest is a popular way to bring music and community together and to showcase local talent. Co-organizer Michelle Mitrani notes, “I think that Trumansburg Porchfest was an event ready and waiting to happen in our Village. We have a lot of musical talent and a great sense of community here, and Porchfest is a logical manifestation of those qualities. I have loved working with Amelia Sauter and Nana Monaco on Trumansburg Porchfest, along with the community members who participate. It’s been a complete pleasure.”

When asked why she plays Porchfest, musician Amy Puryear of Laila Belle muses, “I love Porchfest because it’s all about community and supporting one another with our musical endeavors. There are so many great musicians in and around our little town, and it’s a lovely way to hear so many of them, and meet and greet friends around town at the same time. I also love Porchfest because I love playing my own music there, in a more relaxed, paired down setting. In the past, we have played with our full band, Laila Belle. This year, my husband, Ward and I are playing a duo set of our original country songs. It’s a great way to be able to share something in a slightly different way than usual and to know that our community will come out and share the love as they always do.”

Porchfest highlights not only local talent, but also the neighborhoods, storefronts, and spirit of the Trumansburg community. Co-organizer Nana Monaco said, “We are so happy to continue this fantastic event that draws so many people to our community and allows us to share all the Village has to offer. By hosting bands on their porches, Trumansburg residents exemplify the pride and spirit of the community.”

Porchfest organizer Amelia Sauter remarks, “Trumansburg Porchfest brings the community together through music!”

Indeed the community spirit of Trumansburg is felt all around Trumansburg, and especially in the homes and on the porches of band hosts. Band host Ari Kisseloff, whose house is a new edition thanks to the sidewalks, notes, “I’m really excited that we can be part of Trumansburg Porchfest this year. I attended the first one walking, and the second one helping to introduce Lime Bikes to the community. But we were in the past not able to host a band because South Street past Whig didn’t have sidewalks so there was no safe way for people to get here. This year, thanks to the new safe routes to school program, there’s an easy connector for pedestrians and the committee allowed our location. We don’t have a ‘porch’ so we will have The Uncommons on our deck. It is ‘Deckfest’ if you will.”

Trumansburg Porchfest will take place rain or shine on June 15. Parking is not allowed on the side streets, so visitors can park in the municipal lot on Elm Street, at the Trumansburg Farmers Market, or on Main Street where permitted. The band schedule and an interactive map have been posted on the event’s website at, and a limited number of printed maps will be available at Good to Go! Trumansburg Market.

The Trumansburg Chamber of Commerce is the official host of the event, in partnership with the Tompkins County Tourism Program. Sponsors include the Hart and Homes Real Estate Team, Little Venice, the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Hazelnut Kitchen, Trumansburg Shur-Save, Tompkins Trust Company, Atlas Bowl, Trumansburg Wine and Spirits, Mary Bouchard, CPA, PLCC, Sundrees, t-Fit, Ron Don’s Village Pub, and Word of Mouth Catering.

In brief

Volunteer for a GrassRoots ticket
The GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance are now accepting applications for volunteers. Put your skills to work, be part of the GrassRoots family, and help keep us running! Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the Festival from setup (get your hours done before the Festival!), to kitchen work, to working in the kid’s tent and everywhere in between. Find out more at the GrassRoots website,

Laila Belle CD Release
Laila Belle is thrilled to be releasing our 2nd full-length album! There will be a “soft launch” CD Release Party at our Trumansburg Farmers Market Gig on Wednesday, July 19, with special guests, Strange Heavy, opening the show at 4 p.m. If it rains the party will be moved to Garretts.

Gemstone Photography Exhibit
Mark Oros is the owner of Hashnu Stones & Gems, in Ithaca. In addition to creating custom cut gems, he also takes photographs of gems. The Ulysses Philomathic Library invites you to come view a selection of these photos currently on display in the reading room.


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MIchelle Brackin

Lovely idea

Tuesday, August 27