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Front-Row Seat: Strike up the bands for Victor series

That gathering up the road in Rochester may have the name, but there’s many an area community that knows how to “party in the park.”

Take Victor, for instance, where the free Sid Partington Memorial Concert Series kicks off its 2018 season Thursday evening, with the country, rock and Irish music of Everheart. That series — named in honor of a pivotal local figure who started Victor’s community band and chorus and was instrumental in getting the series going — has been growing steadily, says Mike Stockman, Victor’s assistant director of parks and recreation. The move from the relatively tiny Mead Square Park in the village, where it drew some 100-200 folks, to the newer and much larger Victor Municipal Park at 6680 Paparone Drive helped.

“It ranges from 400 to 700 — the crowds are growing every year,” Stockman said. The weather, of course, is the big X-factor, though the Victor Senior High auditorium serves as the rain location.

Indeed, the concert nights are an all-purpose, all-ages community get-together, complete with food from a rotation of food trucks (this Thursday it’s Meat the Press), beer and wine from VB Brewery to wash it down — and ice cream from Dar’s Delights for a pleasant aftertaste. “It’s been really taking off as an all-encompassing event,” Stockman said. “Before it was just music; now it’s really a community gathering.”

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