July 15 – The Port Dover Harbour Museum is gearing up to present a pair of unique musical offerings later this month.

First up, staff welcomes the Jubilee Brass Band at Riverfront Park July 20.

The Jubilee Brass Brand – formed in 1996 – is a 36 member brass ensemble composed of retired men and women who have played in Salvation Army Centres across southwestern Ontario.  The evening will showcase a variety of music from classical composers to hymns and the toe-tapping marches and contemporary sounds of today.

The group has performed in both Canada and the United States in a variety of community events including London’s Centennial Hall, Western Fair, Pinafore Park in St. Thomas, and the St. George Apple Festival.

On July 24, the museum will present an evening of old-time jigs, reels, and waltzes performed by Norfolk County’s own Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra at Riverfront Park. With the odd vintage pop tune from the 1920s and 30s thrown in. You’ll hear everything from Don Messer to Fats Waller.

The Orchestra is an amateur, community ensemble that came together in 2014 and meets in Villa Nova to rehearse.  Members of the group hail from both Norfolk and Brant counties, with a few from the Oxford and Hamilton area. Their line-up boasts fiddles, guitars, ukuleles, reeds, banjo, accordions, and bass.

The orchestra will be joined by local folk duo Mike & Pat – featuring Mike Hogg on the guitar vocals and harmonica, and Patrick Campbell with guitar and vocals.

Riverfront Park is located beside the Port Dover Harbour Museum. Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy both concerts. Admission is by donation. For questions, please visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum, 44 Harbour Street, Port Dover, 519-583-2660 or email: portdover.museum@norfolkcounty.ca.