Bicentennial Heritage Music Series

2023 Events

We had a great time offering these FREE events for music and history lovers of all ages. It was a terrific combination of storytelling, historical commentary and musical performance. 

ToddHobin_2240aaNovember 5th 6:30 P.M. at the Ohmann Theatre, Lyons, NY - Todd Hobin and the History of Rock n Roll took the stage for the last event in the Heritage Music Series hosted by the Bicenennial.

Fiddlers of the Genesee - Marion, High School Auditorium

Sunday, October 22 -  2:00 p.m. The Fiddlers of the Genesee at Marion High School Auditorium - (FREE Admission)fiddlers

History of Rock n Roll - Lyons, Ohmann Theatre

Sunday, November 5 -  6:30 p.m. Todd Hobin and the History of Rock N Roll at Lyons Ohmann Theater where we will close out the year by welcoming Mr. Hobin back to Wayne County - (FREE Admission)ToddHobin_2240aa

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This Musical Heritage Series is made possible in part from the Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation Grant with support from the Wayne County Historical Society. 

This program is FREE and open to the public thanks to financial support from the Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation and our Wayne County Bicentennial Sponsors.

Past Events 

The Remarkable, Irresistible Erie. 

On Saturday, October 14th, was a fantastic concert with stories of the old, original Erie Canal and so much more. Thank you to Sodus High School for hosting this event for over 100 people. 


A Civil War Tribute - Pultneyville, Gates Hall

Sunday, September 17th included presenters, speakers, displays, and music. 

Sunday, September 17 -  2 p.m. Don Dwyer Music of the Civil War Revisited at the Pultneyville Gates Hall  (FREE Admission)

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Sunday, September 17 - 4 p.m. Excelsior Cornet Band at the Pultneyville Centennial Park - 4:00 p.m. (FREE Admission)Cornet Band

Tunes, Dances and Stories: a Sampling from Central and Western New York History with Jim Kimball and Karen Canning.

Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM, at the Ohmann Theater, 65 William Street, Lyons, NY

The first of our series of programs began with a concertIMG_20230615_190717 harmonized with a history lesson featuring Professor Jim Kimball and Folklorist Karen Canning. Music professor, Jim Kimball and folklorist, Karen Canning will give a program on music and musicians relating to old-time dance history in rural New York, focusing on Wayne and surrounding counties. They will perform tunes in traditional manner and read from period diaries and news sources and interviews with old timers. Materials referenced by display or projection will include historical dance cards and advertisements.  Instrumental music will focus on the fiddle, the most important in old-time dance accompaniment, but may also include jaw harp, mouth organ, banjo, cello, pump organ and others.


Past Events at the Wayne County Fair

  • August 16 - Allen Hopkins.
  • August 17 - Cathy McGrath
  • August 19 - Don Dwyer