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‘Old Hippies’ play concerts on canal

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Members of the “Old Hippies” play a concert this afternoon in Medina’s Canal Basin. The group includes, from left: Vinny Pastore, Jim Catino, Kay McMahon and Bill McDonald.

McDonald set up a series of cocnerts along the canal that started Saturday and continue with a concert at 6 p.m. in Albion and another one in Holley at 6 p.m. on Monday.

The band plays from the top of a boat tied up by the Canal Basin by downtown Medina.

Vinny Pastore plays the violin during one of the songs. The band played Erie Canal-themed music as well as other songs.

The crowd watches the concert from the lawn at the Canal Basin.

About 100 people turned out for the concert, including some of the cyclists traveling the canal from Buffalo to Albany. Those cyclists are staying outside the Middle School in Medina in tents tonight before heading east through Albion and Holley to Fairport on Monday.

Kay McMahon and her husband Bill McDonald play from the top of a boat. The band is calling itself “The Traveling Towpath Troubadours” for the canal concert series.