At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Lewiston Council on the Arts presents "A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald" at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. This multisensory and multimedia tribute experience will be hosted by artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast Thomas Paul Asklar, who will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ship's sinking.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald - the "Mighty Fitz" American Great Lakes freighter - sank Nov. 10, 1975, in a Lake Superior storm. The entire crew of 29 was lost.
Asklar's presentation begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a 15-minute explanation of the ship's history, the timeline of the tragedy and theories of its destruction. A tolling of the bell will honor the lost crewmembers.
Renowned musicians Bruce Wojick and Jamie Holka will perform songs with a nautical theme, including Gordon Lightfoot's most famous musical tribute, the "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." "Edmund Fitzgerald Porter," made by Great Lakes Brewery, will be on tap all night and prizes and giveaways will add to the evening.
This event is free for Art Council members or $5 for the general public.
Also commemorating the "Mighty Fitz" is a Marble Orchard guided walking tour beginning at 1:30 p.m. from the Frontier House on Center Street and a 5K race commencing at 2 p.m. from The Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q.
The "Mighty Fitz 5K" will take runners on a journey through the quaint Village of Lewiston, Artpark, and along the Niagara River waterfront. Runners will pass many historic landmarks along the way with views of Canada and the Lower Niagara River. There will be a post-race celebration and awards ceremony at The Brickyard.