YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- The field behind the Jack DeVito Gazebo was a mixture of lawn chairs, sing-a-longs and nostalgia, as Rick Larrimore, in a tribute band to Rod Stewart, took the stage for the last concert in the Lion's Club Summer Concert Series.
The series, which marks the end of the 17th year the concerts have been a staple of Yorktowns summertime entertainment, were the idea of former Lions president Joe Straci.
Straci came up the idea to build a gazebo, and to subsequently hold concerts in, around and at the gazebo after the Lions suddenly lost their member, Jack DeVito, for which the gazebo was named.
I suggested the idea of a gazebo in his memory and then the idea for a show, Straci said Sunday night. Its been so successful, its become so much bigger than anything I expected.
Because of his dedication to the Lions Club, as well as the concerts themselves, Supervisor Susan Siegel read a proclamation thanking Straci for his many years of work Sunday evening.
In addition to the concerts on Sunday, other local businesses support the event with either donations or in selling items at the events. In addition, the Yorktown Leos attended the event to sell snacks as a way to raise money for their own 9/11 fundraiser.
The concerts, which take place on Sunday evenings on the field by the gazebo, or inside Yorktown Stage should the sun not shine, are free and open for the public.
These are tough times, and nothing can pick up peoples spirits better than some great music, Straci said. We think its a great time. They can enjoy music, enjoy each other and the town, enjoy the businesses who come out to supportits a way to give back to our residents."
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