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River Rat Street Dance/Concert is opening act for Canal Days

August 23, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • Cathy Starkey of Waynesboro, Pa., holds her three- year-old daughter, Elaina Spickler, in the air while listening to the sounds of the rock band Kubria Friday night at the inaugural River Rat Street Dance/Concert in Williamsport.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Music lovers gathered to enjoy some live music at the inaugural River Rat Street Dance/Concert in Williamsport on Friday evening.

The concert, held near the intersection of North Conococheague and Salisbury streets, was a precursor to the C&O Canal Days event this weekend in Williamsport.

Joan Knode, the town’s assistant mayor, said the concert was being held to build excitement around the weekend.

The “River Rat” used to be the mascot for Springfield Middle School in Williamsport, and local sports teams also used to call themselves the River Rats, according to Knode.

Some Williamsport residents also still refer to themselves by that name, she said.

The two bands playing Friday night were Kubria and Final Notice.

Terry Carbaugh, a Williamsport resident who brought his twin 10-year-old sons, Cory and Cody, to the event, said he enjoyed the live music.

“We came out to check out this event. I’m enjoying it so far,” Carbaugh said.

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As the evening went on, the crowd grew as many bopped and swayed to the music.

Catherine Repp, another Williamsport resident, said she had come out to enjoy the evening with her friends.

“I’m liking it. It is the kind of music they are playing,” she said, referring to the rock music from Kubria.

Children chased each other, while some sat on the sidewalk listening to the bands.

Rose Baker, who was standing nearby, said that she loves outdoor events.

“It is for the town,” Baker said. “I think it helps bring the community together, it brings people out, and they communicate with other people.”

Lynn Churchey, another town resident, said he liked the festive atmosphere.

“These are the kinds of events we grew up on. I’ve lived here for a while, but (for) other people who have moved here recently, this is an opportunity to get to know the community,” he said.

“And I also get to meet new folks,” Churchey said.

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