file photoThe Original Rhondels, seen here at last year's Indian Summer Festival, will once again headline the Hertford fete. They take the stage Friday, 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Green.

file photoThe Original Rhondels, seen here at last year's Indian Summer Festival, will once again headline the Hertford fete. They take the stage Friday, 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Green.

Rhondels kick off Indian Summer Festival Friday

By Peter Williams

The Perquimans Weekly

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HERTFORD — The 33rd annual Indian Summer Festival will kick off Friday with what will be the last Hertford festival performance of the Original Rhondels, at least for a while.

The group is set to hit the stage on the courthouse green at 7 p.m. Friday for a street dance.

Lynne Raymond, the president of Historic Hertford, Inc., said the performance will be their last for now.

“They prefer not to perform more than three times in a row at any given event,” she said.

Warming up the crowd for the Rhondels will be D.J. Cowboy, who performed at the event last year. That starts at 6 p.m.

There will be no parking along Church and Market Streets starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday to allow vendors time to set up shop.

Raymond said there will be even more vendors than last year because of a last minute surge.

“We were getting them as last as yesterday,” she said last week.

One new wrinkle in the festival this year will be a parade of cars at Saturday morning. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the parade of cars down Church Street followed by the presentation of the colors by American Legion Post 126 and the Perquimans County Middle School and High School bands.

A dance group from the Perquimans County Senior Center will perform at 9:30 a.m. followed by Christopher Cartwright and beat boxing at 9:45 p.m.

Ol’ Ocean Highway, a group that performs music from yesterday and today is set to go on stage at 10 a.m. and the Hertford Grammar School chorus is set to perform at 12:30 p.m.

White’s Dress Shoppe will put on a fashion show on the stage at 1 p.m. and the band Uphill is set to perform at 2 p.m.

During the two-day event, the boat ramps behind Hertford Town Hall will be closed to boaters. The area will be used for a Wheeled Vehicle Show during that period.