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Interview: Kansas Kicks Off 'Tuesday in the Park' Concert Series at Artpark

Interview: Kansas Kicks Off 'Tuesday in the Park' Concert Series at Artpark

Plain and simple, Kansas guitarist Rich Williams says, "I love what we do."

Even after five decades of touring, recording, signing autographs, taking pictures and dealing with record labels in what most people consider the worst industry on God's green earth, Williams wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

"One day you're playing in Cleveland, the next day you're playing somewhere in Sweden," he says.

On June 19, Kansas will be in Lewiston. The band behind hit songs "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Son" opens the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark. Tickets are $10.

"This is what we do," Williams says. "This is our 38th year of touring, so we've gotten pretty good at it over the years. We're a good live band. The music is pretty intricate."

"It's a musical experience for people to come see us," he adds.

'Fairy House Festival' Looks to Grow in Year Two at Artpark

'Fairy House Festival' Looks to Grow in Year Two at Artpark

Epic concerts, Broadway-quality musicals and performances by world-class musicians -- these are the things that put Artpark on the global map, and placed the Lewiston facility at the head of the class for Western New York performing arts venues.

So, Artpark & Company's production manager, Susan Stimson, admits she had some trepidation when pitching the "Fairy House Festival," an all-day, fairy-based outdoor children's activity.

"Last year's event was our first annual and we did not know what to expect," Stimson said. "It is like having a party and being scared no one will come."

Fortunately, "We had over 3,000 people and the atmosphere was beautiful and reminiscent of old Artpark days when they had large-scale children's and arts activities all year round," she said. "The weather was perfect -- it was such a positive, nature-based and relaxed affair. We had so much positive feedback. It was a lot of work, but we are thrilled that is has taken off."

Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

The World Fishing Network (WFN) has nominated Olcott Beach, N.Y., located on beautiful Lake Ontario, for its "Ultimate Fishing Town." Voting began on May 1 and will conclude on May 31.  

The town with the highest total votes will be named the winner of a $25,000 community donation. WFN will also produce a feature on the winner as the Ultimate Fishing Town.

You can vote for Olcott Beach, N.Y. by going to this link: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/town/olcottbeach-ny

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

The Friends of Harmony male a Capella chorus, under the direction of Brett Heintzman, will be performing "Those Fabulous Fifties", a musical extravaganza packed with doo-wop, love ballads and enduring classics from that incredible musical era. Performances will be on Friday, May 4th at the East Aurora High School and on Saturday, May 5th at the Sweet Home High School in Amherst . Both shows start at 7:30PM.

Enjoy the classics made famous by Bobby Vinton, the Del Vikings, Neil Sedaka, The Righteous Brothers and others all sung in beautiful 4-part harmony. Admission starts at $15.00 for seniors and students and $17.00 for all others. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show for $17.00 and $20.00.

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

 

The Friends of Harmony male a Capella chorus, under the direction of Brett Heintzman, will be performing "Those Fabulous Fifties", a musical extravaganza packed with doo-wop, love ballads and enduring classics from that incredible musical era. Performances will be on Friday, May 4th at the East Aurora High School and on Saturday, May 5th at the Sweet Home High School in Amherst . Both shows start at 7:30PM.

Enjoy the classics made famous by Bobby Vinton, the Del Vikings, Neil Sedaka, The Righteous Brothers and others all sung in beautiful 4-part harmony. Admission starts at $15.00 for seniors and students and $17.00 for all others. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show for $17.00 and $20.00.

Secure your tickets in advance by calling Bruce at (716)-662-5192 or visit www.friendsofharmony.com to order your tickets on-line where major credit cards are accepted.

Occupy NYC Union Square; Injuries and Arrests

Occupy NYC Union Square; Injuries and Arrests

NEW YORK CITY – in the early morning hours Occupy Wall Street Protesters were in force approximately five hundred strong attempting to reoccupy Union Park in the City.  The majority of the event was covered by freelance camera people of a sort and broadcast via the internet at the blogger website AnonOps. If that same seems familiar, it could be because that website seems to be the public relations department for the hack-tivist  group “Anonymous”.

J. Fitzgerald Group Drives Lockport Recycling Program to Immediate Success

J. Fitzgerald Group Drives Lockport Recycling Program to Immediate Success

J. Fitzgerald Group, an international advertising and marketing agency based in Lockport, recently developed a complete kickoff marketing campaign for the City of Lockport’s Recycling & Refuse program.

JFG’s work included the new recycling program’s theme, name, logo, an easy-to-navigate consumer website, informational postcards directed to residents and business owners, a brochure and public relations support and guidance.

The materials JFG created helped city officials immediately secure public awareness of the new program and boost community participation, resulting in over $100,000 in waste collection savings and nearly $5,000 in new revenue from sales of recycled goods after just the first few months. The campaign also helped the City avoid a public backlash due to a drastic change in their refuse services.