Binghamton prepares for return of Pops on the River

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A quarter of a century after it stopped, a Binghamton tradition is about to be revived Thursday evening.

A volunteer crew is busy at work constructing a temporary stage along the Chenango River for Thursday’s Pops On The River concert.

Due to liability and safety concerns, the 50-piece orchestra  will perform on top of scaffolding built along the river bank rather than on a floating barge as used to be the case.

Starting Tuesday, about 20 to 25 volunteers from Broome County Habitat for Humanity began erecting the stage.

The audience is expected to line up on the Court Street Bridge, which will be closed to traffic, along the southern portion of the riverwalk, and perhpas some will even take it in from rafts, canoes and kayaks.

“It’s this heartwarming feeling when you have the community coming together both financially and with in-kind donations.  Anytime you make a phone call, people are saying ‘Yes’ we would love to help.  It’s making this project go so smoothly that we’re ready for tomorrow night,” said Hall.

Hinman, Howard & Kattel is the title sponsor.

Hall says there will be several opening acts with the orchestra taking the stage at 8 p.m.

They will play a variety of popular and patriotic tunes, including the 1812 Overture accompanied by a fireworks display.

Plus some other surprises.

Hall recommends people arrive early to scope out their locations and bring their own chairs.

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