Musicians recreating an earlier – but not necessarily era – gather at 6:30 p.m. each Monday evening at Becky’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor to play the music that enticed their ancestors to dance.
Sara North, one of the operators of the ice cream shop, is also one of the key musicians involved in this three-year tradition. Playing parlor music that once belonged to her grandmother, Mary (Digel) Anton, the friends gather not only for the enjoyment of others, but for their own enjoyment, as well.
Songs such as “Glow Worm” bring back the era when her grandparents were property owners and business operators along Main Street. “Dad (Charles Anton) played multiple instruments – the violin, clarinet and Saxophone – they played whatever instruments they needed for this music,” Sara said.
Also among the songs this group, named “Not Ever Ready for Prime Time Players,” performs on Monday evenings: Strauss waltzes, Blue Danube, Tickle Your Toes, Tales from the Vienna Woods, National Medley, Little Goblins, and The Umbrella Man waltz.
The Digel family owned the buildings that were torn down to make the ponding area for the flood control system, Sarah said. Her great aunt operated an ice cream parlor in that location.
Sara plays cornet and her husband, Frank, plays bass or clarinet or whatever instrument needed for the music. Other regulars include (but are not limited to) Pate and Jane Danielsons, Kae Blecha, Linda St. Juliana, Nathan Hammock, Susan Foreman, Dr. Leslie McCoy, Dr. Alan Nichols, Cane Laks, Paul Dewey and Alan Starkey.
Musicians are always welcome to join in. “Bring a horn,” Sara said, or let them know in advance so they can have the right instruments available.