Lowville, NY (A page from Todd's Journal)
Why is the Todd Hobin Band headlining this year's edition of the world famous Cream Cheese Festival? That's a fair question. I do like cream cheese... a lot. But, truth be told, it all started on a cold and blustery night in the little Northern New York hamlet of Lowville. Quaint as quaint can be, locked away in its own corner of the world, Lowville is safely tucked between the Adirondack Mountains and the Tug Hill Plateau. In fact the ride in from the West takes you right over the plateau, past one of the most impressive wind farms in the world. Tug Hill has wind. And usually snow. Lots of it. But not this winter past. No snow.
When the Lewis County Historical Society asked me about playing a concert in the North Country in January, they half expected me to balk. But, I know North Country winters. (SUNY Potsdam, class of... well let's just say it was a great time to be in college. Free love and all that, back in the 60s.) I knew what to expect. I have four wheel drive and could easily pack enough supplies to last a fortnight. No problem. The trip in was spectacular. And easy. Remember, no snow. And the windmills? Impressive.
The Historical Society puts on a great concert series, providing diverse entertainment all winter long. I was very happy to bring my songs and my historical perspective. I kind of fit right in. Old guy, old songs, telling stories from This History of Rock n Roll. And they even enjoyed my new tunes. It was a standing room only performance, and we raised lots of funding for the Historical Society. Suzie Parker and the volunteers made my stay so warm and inviting. David Allen and his staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Glenn and crew, too. Here's a link to their site. Lewis County Historical Society
Heh, heh... I even made up a little blues number, something about the agony of no snow. I'd never done a blues number about snow before. To everyone's surprise, it worked. The biggest snow storm of the year, right there, that night, during my concert. Talk about a winter wonderland!!
Joann and I stayed the night in the sweetest Bed and Breakfast, The Butterscotch House. I recommend it. The whole trip was a dream. Dinner at Jebs Restaurant, and we really enjoyed church on Sunday morning. The First Presbyterian Church congregation was warm and welcoming. Pastor Herb Swanson and his wife Warunee treated us just like family.
Lowville is a little town living, thriving in the past. Life is slower there. Your neighbors know you, and their parents knew your parents. Everyone cares about their community and the people in their community. Joann and I can't wait to go back for a visit.
Oh, about the Cream Cheese Festival. Eric Virkler was at my concert on that cold, blustery night in January. He's on the Cream Cheese committee. He thought it would be a great idea to have me back, and to bring my band. They will be closing down Main Street (actually State Street and Park Place). We're going to set up a big stage, sound and lights... and we're bringing a rock concert to the Cream Cheese Capitol of the World. I can't wait.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Todd Hobin Band in concert. Drive to Lowville. We'll be easy find. We go on at 4pm. But come early to catch Cubby the Clown, Panigma Steel Band, The Nelson Brothers Band, and all the cream cheese you can eat.
Here's a LINK to the Festival's Website: