Phoenix receives grant funds to continue Friday night concert series

The Village of Phoenix has been awarded $975.00 from CNY Arts, formerly the Cultural Resources Council, under the 2013 Community Arts Grants Program.

Community Arts Grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives, and artists in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties that meet certain criteria.

Funds are provided by the State and Local Partnership Program of the New York State Council on the Arts through its Decentralization initiative.

“The Village of Phoenix is very excited to receive another grant for the Friday Nights of Fun concert series,” said Mayor Anthony Fratto. “Due to the overwhelming support for this program, we have expanded this year’s concert series to include seven performances by some of Central New York’s most talented musicians.

“One of our many goals of the Village of Phoenix is to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” Fratto aded. “We accomplish this goal by generating and supporting cultural experiences, such as the concerts in Henley Park.”

The Village of Phoenix will use the grant funds to continue the Friday Nights of Fun Concert Series, which was started in 2012.

The concert schedule has been finalized and will feature performances by Flat Face and the Shemp-dells July 12, Stone River Band July 19, Vote for Pete July 26, Hendry Aug. 2, Western Swing Aug. 9, Clean Slate Aug. 16 and Nite Life Aug. 23.

All performances will be held at Henley Park and begin at 6 p.m.

In addition to funding from CNY Arts, the continuation of this concert series would not be possible without the financial contributions of the Village of Phoenix, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Michelle’s Baskets and Bows, Dunn and Sgromo Engineers, Gingersnap Bakery, Leon Vickery, Inc/Vickery Insurance and KL Consulting Services, along with many generous donations from members of the community.

The Town of Schroeppel has also received a grant from CNY Arts for the Monday Night concert series that will be held in Henley Park.

The concert schedule is as follows: July 15 – Joe Whiting, July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio, July 29 – Weekend Pass, Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio, Aug. 12 –  The Custom Taylor Trio, and Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band.

The rain location for both the Monday and Friday night concerts will be at the Phoenix Fire Station.

The Phoenix Community Band performance will be cancelled if the weather is bad.

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