Manlius community comes together for first-ever Swan Jam

— As a way to further showcase the area’s young talent and to benefit the Manlius Swan Pond, the Swan Jam will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Swan Pond.

This free event was formed as a gathering of bands to offer an evening of entertainment for adults and children of the community. The vision for Swan Jam originated from discussions between area residents Steve Goodfellow and George Hanover, both of whom have kids playing at the Swan Jam. Bands will perform various popular songs from current artists as well as several original songs sure to entertain those attending.

The Swan Pond has been designated as the event namesake and The Swannery, a not-for-profit foundation started by wildlife biologist Mike Bean, is supporting the event with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the Manlius Swan Pond renovation project.

Bean and Laure Venditti, program manager, were happy to work on the first Swan Jam with Goodfellow and Hanover.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy our youth musicians and to learn more about the swans at the Swan Pond,” Bean said.

Among the several event supporters are Key Bank, the Red House Arts Center and Bella Cigna, who will be providing food during the event. T-shirts produced by New Dimensions will also be sold during the Swan Jam to further assist in raising funds for the Swan Pond renovations.

One of the Swan Jam’s original supporters is the Red House Arts Center, a nonprofit, multi-arts organization located in Armory Square devoted to providing regional community based music, theatre and visual arts education. It was through the Red House’s Rock Camp program that two of the bands playing, Repose and No Resolution, were formed. In addition, members from Cruise Control, the other band playing at Swan Jam, also has band members that participated in the Rock Camp program.

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