The Lewiston Council on the Arts has announced its slate of events, activities and special programming for 2022.
Executive Director Irene Rykaszewski said, "We are very proud to celebrate 54 years of art in Lewiston. The Art Council has been an important part of the transformation of Lewiston from a sleepy, quiet village to a vibrant, livable community and cultural destination. Our programs have served as a model to other communities, of what is possible when we invest in the arts. The dividends are community where people want to live, work and congregate."
•‘Summer of ’69’ preparty
√ 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St.
$10 per-person fee benefits Lewiston Council on the Arts
•Summer of ’69
√ 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1
Free event at the Alfonso DiMino Memorial Bandshell at Academy Park
Where were you in the summer of 1969? Tune in, turn on, and reunite at the grooviest summer happening of the year. Most of Lewiston’s 1960s rock musicians have moved on, but for one night only they will reunite at Academy Park for an evening of favorites from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. This special show features the Lewiston All Stars, Loved Ones, the County Orphanage, the Invaders and special guest and Grammy Award-winner Gary Baker. For the finale, all players will take the stage for a classic jam.
•Dedication of Potter’s Field
√ 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Village Cemetery (aka the Marble Orchard), 505 Cayuga St.
Join us at the dedication and unveiling of the new Potter’s Field Monument, with Village Historian Russell Piper. Special guest appearance by actor Peter Andres as James Royall, “the Grave Digger.”
•Marble Orchard Ghost Walk
√ 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, starting at the International Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for those under age 12
Lurking behind Lewiston’s cheerful facade lies an impressive past of creepy events, restless spirits and haunted buildings. During the 90-minute walk, the Marble Orchard Players will take you back in time as they share ghost stories, myths and tales of tragedy, crime, mayhem and murder. Enjoy this fun-filled adventure and learn about curses, graveyard etiquette and bizarre medical practices. No reservations are necessary.
•‘Red, White and Blue Monday’
√ Monday, July 4, at the Alfonso DiMino Memorial Bandshell in Academy Park
See for yourself why everyone is buzzing about LeeRon Zydeco and the Hot Tamales! Fresh, funky, irritable rhythms and nonstop fun. A free concert, with fireworks to follow.
For more information on bicentennial programming, visit www.lewiston200.org.
√ 7-9 p.m. weekly in the Hennepin Park Gazebo (Center and South Fourth streets)
A free concert series
“Blue Mondays” is considered one of the finest blues venues in Western New York, and attracts a faithful following of music lovers from all over.
This year’s headliners include:
√ July 11: The Growlers
√ July 18: Diane Kallay Band
√ July 25: The Blues All Star Band
√ Aug. 1: Soul Committee
√ Aug. 8: Doug Yeomans
Lewiston Art Festival
√ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13
√ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14
A free event along Center Street
Lewiston’s signature art event features work by exceptional artists and fine crafters. Located just five miles north of Niagara Falls, the charming streets of picturesque Lewiston have long attracted visitors to unique shops, restaurants and parks. Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art – including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and photography. Bring the whole family for a weekend of art, music, food and culture.
•‘Invitational Chalk Walk’
√ Both days at the corner of Fifth Street
Internationally recognized chalk painter Anthony Cappetto will create a 4-D chalk piece. Alongside him will be two teams of students, representing Lewiston-Porter and Niagara Falls high schools in the first ever “Invitational Chalk Walk.” The most talented students have been selected by their art teachers to create street art.
•Iroquois Market at the Lewiston Art Festival
√ Both days at the Hennepin Park Gazebo (Center and South Fourth streets)
The popular pocket park will be transformed into an Iroquois market that brings to life the rich history of Native American heritage. Joins in for a celebration of traditional and contemporary culture expressed through art, music, drumming, children's activities and dance.
Marble Orchard Ghost Walks
√ 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 29, starting at the International Peace Garden, 476 Center St.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for LCA members, $6 for those under age 12
Take a walk on the dark side to explore the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston’s best ... and worst. Hear local ghost stories, myths, tales of tragedy, crime, murder and mystery. Secret and sinister, these events occurred a very long time ago, but the ghosts still haunt Lewiston! Step back in time with this historical and educational tour as offbeat theatrical guides take you through the historic section of the village and into the cemetery. Whether you’re out to have some fun, or to learn some history, Lewiston’s Marble Orchard Ghost Walks show off the unique personality of Lewiston’s rough-and-tumble frontier past – as well as its glorious present.
Walks are rain or shine. But bring a flashlight – it gets dark early in the cemetery!
‘A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald’
√ 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Brickyard Brewing Company, 436 Center St.
Tickets are $5 per person general public, free for LCA members
Local artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast Tom Asklar will host a tribute to the American Great Lakes freighter that sank during a storm on Lake Superior. The evening includes a multimedia presentation of the history, time line and theories of its destruction, plus music and food.
For more information on LCA programming, visit www.artcouncil.org.