Harmony Trail project expanding

An effort to install large outdoor musical instruments in downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck is expanding to possibly include more instruments in other sections of the two towns.

While 8-12 instruments were originally planned, Tim Lebling, one of the organizers of the Harmony Trail project said more than 20 are now envisioned.

“The project has gotten some very positive feedback from folks outside of the downtown who are now interested in joining,” he said on Sunday.

Lebling said areas such as the Westerly beaches and parts of Stonington as well as playgrounds and schools are interested. Plans are to formally open the Harmony Trail on June 22, as part of the annual Pops concert in Wilcox Park,

Lebling said that organizers have so far raised one-third of the $75,000 needed for the instruments and have planned four upcoming fundraisers.

The first will be held this coming Saturday at the United Theater in Westerly. Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. performance by the Westerly High School Symphonic Band followed by Michael Chicora’s Musical Journey at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 on line at https://BricksandMurals.org or $30 at the door.

In addition, anyone who has a musical instrument that is not being used is asked to bring it with them to the concert and donate it to benefit students in Westerly and Stonington who want to play an instrument but cannot afford one. The Westerly and Pawcatuck Lions clubs will pay to have the instruments cleaned and refurbished and donate them to the middle school music programs in both towns.

Instruments can also be dropped off at Thavenet Machine, 12 Chase St., Pawcatuck weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon as well as Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 224 Post Road, Westerly, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Feb. 7 there will be a Chocolate Stroll in downtown Westerly in which 14 restaurants will offer chocolate dishes and drinks from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased on the https://BricksandMurals.org

On April 7 there will be a Mardi Gras party and raffle at the Knickerbocker in downtown Westerly.

The Harmony Trail project would piggyback on the success of the 2017 Bricks and Murals project, during which 100 mural and sign artists from across the country, known as The Walldogs, painted 14 historical murals on the sides of buildings.



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