42nd Annual Sunday in the Park

Corry Area Arts Council has announced that their 42nd annual Sunday in the Park will be held on August 4, 2013 in City Park at the corner of East Smith and North Center from 12 noon and 5:00 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the activities will be moved to Corry Community Center which is located at West Main and First Avenue.

In addition to the Council, their four ad hoc committees – Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary, Corry Artists’ Guild, the Corry Community Theatre, and C4Uth (Creativity For Youth) will all be participating to make this another memorable occasion for everyone.  Included with be the Art Show, a musical petting zoo, food tents, balloons, games, arts, crafts, face painting, the Erie Clowns, a free photo booth, and 5 hours of entertainment in the Gazebo featuring Joint Effort Band, Corry Community Theater players, vocalist Todd Crowley, Elgin Road Band and Hot Rhythm Club Band.

Opening remarks will be rendered by Council President, Jim Mehs. He will be followed by the Rev. John Zimmerman who will present the Invocation.

One of the main events is always the Art Show sponsored by members of the Corry Artists’ Guild. Those interested may pick up forms at Corry Public Library, McDonalds, Painted Finch Gallery or Whistle Stop. If you haven’t pre-registered by July 3l, you may do so Sunday from 9:00 until 12:30 PM. For adults there are 5 categories – Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art. There are four groupings for children and youth – (1) Children – 5 and under, (2) children 6 to 10, (3) Youth and Teens – 11 to 14 and (4) Teens 15 to 18. The first two groupings have 3 categories in which to enter – Painting, Drawing, and Other. The remaining two groupings have 4 categories – Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Other.

A person may enter one piece of artwork in each category. Artwork must be framed and wired in back so it will properly hang on the display grids.  There is no charge for entering your work.  All entries must be original not a kit, a reproduction, or a mold. No work which has previously won can be submitted again. Work to be judged by out of town individuals.

Winners will be awarded ribbons for first, second, and third place finishes and will receive cash prizes as well.

New this year will be a sketch book competition. 40 individuals picked up sketch books during the Corry Fest in June. They will be completing 10 sketching assignment before Sunday in the Park and will be asked to turn them in on Sunday August 4th to be judged. in three categories – children, teen, and adult and three prizes will be awarded – one in each category.

At 4:l5 PM all winners will be announced from Gazebo during intermission of Hot Rhythm Band’s performance. All artwork should remain in judging area until 4:30 PM but must be picked up by closing at 5:00 PM.

Throughout the day, Artists’ Guild members will be conducting arts and crafts classes and face painting for children as well as activities for adults.

Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo
This year for the very first time we are privileged to have Todd Crowley and his Musical Petting Zoo.  This attraction is currently housed at 5 West Main Street in North East, PA. During the festival season he travels all over the USA and Canada. His exhibit will be set up in City Park for the full five hours.  His musical petting zoo contains as many as l00 musical instruments and is a fully interactive, hands-on activity for both young and old. Not only can you examine how the instruments are made but you are encouraged to sit down and play  them. Todd boasts an instrument for every letter of the alphabet.  You are certain to see accordions, banjos, cuatros, dulcimers, erhus, fiddles, guitars, harps, Irish flutes, kanteles, limberjacks, mandolins, Native flutes, octave mandolins, penny whistles, quenas, recorders, saws, tenor banjos, ukuleles, vihuelas, washboards, xylophones, yidakis, and zithers.

Food tents will set up from 12 noon to 5:00 PM by the members of the Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary, Kent’s family chicken, Jim Morton’s ice cream, and Gary Maines, the Sausage Guy.

Thanks to the ladies of the Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary, a member of the Erie Clowns, Pete “Silly” Smith will be at Sunday in the Park on August 4, 2013 from 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM. and everyone will have an opportunity to clown around with a clown.

Erie Clowns were organized in 1968 when Joe and Jill Curry had a dream and a vision to spread joy and merriment throughout the community.  Much laughter can be heard when these clowns gather and share their talents of balloon twisting, face painting, juggling, and magic tricks.

Another new feature this year will be a photo booth which is being fully funded by a grant from Wal Mart’s Local Community Contribution Program. For four hours from 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM Life Touch will have their booth set up. Attendees of all ages are invited to stop by and have their likeness recorded free of charge. Single photos may be taken or your group may have from two to eight members. A supply of props will be available for you to use during the photo shoot.  After processing, you will be presented with two 2 x 6 strips in color as a souvenir of the event.

Joint Effort Band
Opening act in the Gazebo from 12 noon until 1:00 PM will be Dick Kahle’s Joint Effort Band. Returning for the second year in a row, the group performs pop and country from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Dick, the patriarch of the group, plays bass. A second generation member, Gavin Paterniti plays guitar and bass.  Karl Lydell is on lead guitar.  On drums is William “Gypsy” Crecian.  Years ago they performed regularly at the Corrian Hotel’s Fox Head Lounge, the Venture Inn, the Columbus Inn as well as venues in Warren and Jamestown, New York. Today they can be found playing at the Library Bar and Grille on North Center Street.

Corry Community Theatre presents
From l:00 PM to 2:00 PM Corry Community Theater will present some of the finalists from Corry’s Got Talent 2012 and 2013. Julie Ruth is coordinating this event.

Todd Crowley
Todd Crowley, curator of the Musical Petting Zoo can be found in the Gazebo from 2:00 until 2:30 PM. He will accompany himself on several instruments from his collection as he performs both old and new folk songs relating to the sacrifices both men and women have made to promote peace and justice.

Elgin Road Band
Presenting a wide variety of folk music, Elgin Road Band will perform in the Gazebo from 2:30 until 3:30 PM.  The group consists of three guitarists Jeff Cox, Mark Cox, and Pete Clute who also vocalize. They are joined by Kathy Kosko, violinist who has also performed with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hot Rhythm Club Band
Hot Rhythm Club Band will highlight the Gazebo entertainment. They will appear from 3:30 until 5:00 PM.  The group is strictly a family affair with brother Jim on guitar and vocals, brother Sonny on drums and vocals and Jim’s son Jackson keyboard and vocals.  “New Orleans jazz tinged with a Ry Cooder kind of thing” is the way Sonny has recently described their music.

At 5 pm Pastor Les Utegg Jr will offer the Benediction. He will be followed by President, Jim Mehs with closing remarks.

The Corry Area Arts Council wishes to express their thanks to the Corry Community Foundation, the City of Corry, and Walmart for their support and assistance.