Porches create cool setting for music on a hot day during Saturday's Porchfest in New London, which today marks Bill Gossman Day

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Jun. 7—NEW LONDON — Despite the 100-degree temperatures, musicians and local music fans found respite in the shade of porches Saturday during New London's first Porchfest.

About a dozen individual performers and bands played music at different locations in town during the day-long event, which also featured the dedication of the Bill Gossman Memorial Stage, named after former New London mayor, potter and musician Bill Gossman, who died last year from cancer.

Charlie Parr and Liz Draper, musicians from Duluth, provided the final concert of the day on the Bill Gossman Memorial Stage after current New London Mayor John Bergman officiated at the dedication and declared June 7 as Bill Gossman Day.

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