BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Old Settlers Association in Fort Madison will open their 21st season of “Music in the Park” featuring the duo of Martin McCormack and Brian FitzGerald ie: ( “SWITCHBACK” ) on Friday, June 24th from 5 to 8 PM. Like many other bands who make their living on the road, the last two years have been pretty tough for musicians. In the fall of 2019 Brian fractured his leg. Just as they were getting back to work in the spring of 2020, the Covid pandemic closed everything down on St Patrick’s Day. The Irishmen have missed making music and are happy to meet and greet their many fans in Old Settlers Park (4th St. & Ave. E- Fort Madison). “Birds of Prey” and other CD’s will be available, so you may want to bring some extra cash for a CD to enjoy at home. Old Settlers is also placing a “gift jar” on the merchandise table; all funds will go to the band.
“This concert is free to the public thanks to our local sponsors”, states Sheryl Decker, Concert Coordinator. “The Lions Club and OSA volunteers will be serving food and cold drinks at the Fahey shelter, and Dennis Seyb (Lee Co. Pork Producers) will be serving pork loin off the grill. Bring a lawn chair, find some shade, and enjoy an evening with SWITCHBACK! The rain location is at the FM United Methodist Church at 9th Street & Avenue E, Fort Madison.
Official sponsors of “MUSIC IN THE PARK 2022” are: Conagra Brands, Connection Banks & Ins., Jim /Sheryl Decker, DuPont, Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, Jack & Jan Moore, Moudy & Sharon Nabulsi, Art & Kathy Nelson, Donald & Earleen Page, Pen City Current, Pilot Grove Banks, Seither & Cherry Co., Cindy & David Smallwood in Memory of Lilly Grace, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 617, Lex & Marie Whitcanack and Dan Willits. Other donations given to Old Settlers Association to support Music in the park are from Stan & Jane Haessig in Honor of the FMHS Class of 1967 & Aquinas Class of 1969, OCI Iowa Fertilizer Plant, Pen City Cruisers, Linda Smith, and the Dodie Jerome Memorial Fund.
On Saturday, June 25, Martin McCormack’s art will be on display at the Keokuk Art Center at 210 N. 5th Street. There will be a closing reception from 5-7 pm which is also open to the public.