Woodstock plans first gazebo concert

Woodstock’s gazebo will host its first entertainment event July 5 when singer Carl Vee brings his guitar to play songs from decades past.

Vee approach Town Manager Vern Maxfield with the idea and Maxfield liked it.

The gazebo was donated to the town two years ago by the Chase family.

Vee, a Bryant Pond resident, grew up in Connecticut but his family has owned a house here for many years, he said.

Inspired by his musical family, he has been playing guitar since elementary school.

He played for many years in Connecticut with bands The Wanders, The Rockin Heartbeats and AIRPLAY, opening for such performers as The Drifters, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Shangri Las.

A cancer survivor, Vee has lived in Bryant Pond for five years. He performed at Mt. Abram this winter.

“I cater to a lot of different groups,” said Vee. “I play music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, and mix it up pretty good.”

He plays songs from artists such as Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Styx, CCR, Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees and Marshall Tucker.

Vee said he had gone into the Woodstock Town Office to register his vehicle and mentioned to Maxfield it would be nice to do some entertainment on the gazebo.

“I started sing a cappella to Vern,” he said.

The audition was a success.

Vee will play from 6 to 8 p.m. The concert is free and people are advised to bring a lawn chair.

The rain date is July 6, same time.

Carl Vee at the Woodstock gazebo.

Carl Vee at the Woodstock gazebo.