OLEAN — Della Moore continues to count her blessings for the help she has received from the community in raising funds to open a new African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean.
Moore, director of the center that closed late last year, is raising funds to restore a historic church at 201 E. State St. She is also hopeful of receiving state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds for the $312,500 project.
Moore said the upcoming musical lecture and demonstration by Isaac Spaeth and Mark Jones, as well as the annual Juneteenth celebration at the end of the month, are two examples of the community stepping up to help raise funds.
The first of the benefits is a historic presentation and demonstration by musicians Spaeth and Jones at 6 p.m. June 20 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church on South Barry Street.
The event is free and open to the community, however, donations to benefit the new African American Center will be appreciated. Spaeth of the Windworks Band Instrument Repair shop in Olean said the event is a two-part presentation by himself and Moore. .
“One part is going to be on the musical history of Buffalo” by Moore, Spaeth explained. “And then for the second part, I’m going to do a demonstration on restoring antique instruments.”
Spaeth said both presentations will tie together as Moore will have antique instruments stamped with the Buffalo Music Shop engravings that have been restored by himself or someone else in the profession.
Spaeth said he will also display an antique brass instrument from Rushford he restored several years ago. Jones, a professional musician from Buffalo, will provide the history of early music stores in that city.
“Mark Jones will talk about the earliest music shops and how they got started,” Spaeth added. “He has a lot of pictures from the time and news articles.”
Spaeth said he is providing the presentation, and other benefits to help Moore with her quest to open a new center.
Spaeth said he had played saxophone with two bands for a recent musical benefit for the center at the Four Mile Brewery restaurant in town.
“That benefit went really well and we raised quite a bit of money,” Spaeth added.
Moore said the annual Juneteenth celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 at Bethany Lutheran Church at 6 Leo Moss Drive in Olean.
“Food selections for Juneteenth will include pulled pork sandwiches, hot-dogs and hamburgers, pop, water and snacks” provided by several vendors, Moore said. “We will also have our first open mic this year at the event. A good time will be had by all. “
Moore said the list of activities are included in the following itinerary.
• Opening ceremony - 11 to 11:30 a.m.
• Food vendors - 11:30 until sold out.
• Drum circle — noon to 12:45 p.m.
• Twin Tiers Writers — 1 to 1:45 p.m.
• Martin McCall — 2 to 2:45 p.m.
• Blues Ensemble and open mic — 3 to 4:45 p.m.
• Ola Mae Gayton — 5 to 5:45 p.m.
• Rev. Wesley Gilbert — 6 to 6:45 p.m.
• Closing Ceremony — 6:45 to 7 p.m.
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