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Edmund Fitzgerald tribute returns

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Tue, Oct 17th 2017 09:10 pm
`The Witch of November` painting by Thomas Paul Asklar (Submitted by the Lewiston Council on the Arts)
"The Witch of November" painting by Thomas Paul Asklar (Submitted by the Lewiston Council on the Arts)
The legend lives on.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, The Lewiston Council on the Arts will present "A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald" at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. This multisensory, multimedia tribute will be hosted by artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast Thomas Paul Asklar, who will commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the disaster.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald, also known as the "Mighty Fitz," was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 1975. The entire crew of 29 was lost.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a short presentation by Asklar, wherein he will explain the ship's history, the timeline of the tragedy, and theories of its destruction. A tolling of the bell will honor each member of the crew.
Musicians Bruce Wojick, Jamie Holka and special guest Jeremy Hoyle, lead singer of Strictly Hip, 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 event.
This event is free for Art Council members, and $5 for the general public.
The Mighty Fitz 5K race starts at 2 p.m. in front of The Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q., 432 Center St. The race will take runners through the Village of Lewiston, Artpark State Park and along the Niagara River waterfront. There will be a post-race celebration and awards ceremony at The Brickyard following the race with food, Edmund Fitzgerald beer specials, special edition "Mighty Fitz" commemorative T-shirts, and live music by Zak Ward.
The event is sponsored by Great Lakes Brewery, Race Management Solutions, Great Lakes Realty and Havens Family Dentistry. For more information, call the Lewiston Council on the Arts at 716-754-0166 or visit www.artcouncil.org.

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