CAPITAL DISTRICT The start of summer means the return of outdoor music around the Capital District and there are plenty of ways to spend a warm summer night right in the Town of Colonie. From a line-up heavy on upbeat rock music at Cook Park to a summer of purposefully varied acts at The Crossings to theme nights at Buhrmaster Barn, there’s something for just about any musical palate.
The Pruyn House has been hosting outdoor music for about 23 years with its Concerts in the Barn every Wednesday night from July 11 to Aug. 8. Unlike other local venues, it has a long tradition of serving up more than just music.
“This is our niche. We do ethnic nights and the food to match,” said Joanne Fitzgibbon, concert chairwoman. “Everyone has concerts too so we kind of focused in on the ethnic background.”
This year’s series kicks off on July 11 with a night of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and food provided by Outback Steak House, the only night that deviates from the ethnic trend. It’s followed up by a German night with music by the Schwarzenegger Connection and dinner by Rolf’s Pork store; Italian night featuring music by The Good Times Band and food by the American Italian Heritage Association; Irish Night with local favorite Hair of the Dog and corned beef sandwiches; and Polish night with the Rymanowski Bros. Orchestra and a polish dinner by Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church.
“We’re satisfying different groups of people who have become accustomed to coming to our facility and enjoying those nights,” said Fitzgibbon. “It’s just a nice place to be.”
She said turnout is largely dependent on the weather but a “good night” will draw 500 to 600 people.
Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Proceeeds benefit restoration and upkeep of the property. Concert goers can sit and dance in the barn or bring lawn chairs and blankets and lounge on the lawn.