This Saturday, Sept. 10, local Western New York church bands will be featured in the "Cathedral Park Jamboree." The event will start at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to last around three hours. Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair, picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon. Cathedral Park is located on the corner of Main and Cathedral Park streets, near M&T Plaza.
This year's "Cathedral Park Jamboree" is sponsored by Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLC, housed in the Guaranty Building on Pearl Street across from St. Paul's Cathedral and Cathedral Park. A "free-will offering" will be accepted to help maintain and care for "Buffalo's Homeless Jesus."
St. Paul's strives to be not only the cathedral for The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, but for all who work, live and play in Buffalo and the region. The cathedral offers a safe, secure and nonjudgmental setting for nonprofit groups, civic and social organizations and others looking for a venue where issues confronting the region and nation can be discussed, analyzed and acted upon.
The church building, located at 139 Church St. (corner of Church and Pearl in downtown Buffalo), was designed by Richard Upjohn and was considered Buffalo's first national architectural landmark in 1851. It is classified as a National Historic Landmark. St. Paul's is now the permanent site for "Homeless Jesus," a sculpture installed in 2015 that attracts area residents as well as visitors from across the nation.
The Very Rev. W. (Will) H. Mebane, Jr. joined St. Paul's as interim dean on July 1, 2014. He serves as pastor, prophet and priest to the diverse congregation, which includes members from across Western New York. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University.