Summertime tunes on the river

Listening to music on the riverfront screams summertime -- and the Liverpool Elks know this.

Located in Baldwinsville along the Seneca River, the Liverpool Elks will host their 21st annual Music Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 9. This outdoor event features headliner Letizia and the Z Band, as well as bands Glass Slipper and Southern Comfort. In addition to music, the event will include a food and beer tent and a Tiki bar featuring canned beer and mixed drinks.

The club will also host raffles including 50/50 and 60/40 cash raffles and raffle baskets with donations of Christmas items, clothing and gift certificates for nail salons, hair salons, fuel, restaurant, hotel, stores and more.

The annual event is the club's major fundraiser, proceeds from which will benefit the Cerebral Palsy Association through the NYS Elks Association.

"Each state has their own major cause," said Elk Stephanie Jacobson, co-chair of the Music Fest Committee and the youngest member of the club. "I became a member when I was 21 and learned about all the things the Elks do. You have a lot of fun while contributing to a great cause."

Jacobson said the Elks of New York focus on raising money for Cerebral Palsy. On that account, Enable will be on-site to explain and provide information about Cerebral Palsy.

Jacobson added that people are also invited to arrive by water.

"Come by boat and dock along our shores," she said.

Advance sale tickets for Music Fest are $5 and $8 at the gate; tickets for food and beer will be sold at the event. The facility is located at 3730 Cold Springs Road in Baldwinsville (across the river from Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park). For more information, call the Elks Lodge at 622-2348.

Elks are committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism, and annually, the organization gives more than $200 million in cash, goods and services to the nation's youth, veterans, disadvantaged and handicapped, and to individuals and groups supporting patriotic and civic programs. For more information about the Liverpool Elks, visit Elks2348.org.

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