Concerts raise funds for Garrett Chapel

John Christensen
A good sized crowd turned out for the July 9 concert at Garrett Chapel

Sunday, July 9 a free concert on the grounds of Garrett Memorial Chapel raised funds for much-needed repairs at the national landmark on Bluff Point. About 150 concert goers brought their own chairs and refreshments to enjoy the music of Men Behaving Badly, featuring Brian Witz and Mike Murphy. The duo played a crowd-pleasing variety of classic rock and rhythm ‘n blues from the 60s through the 90s, including, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Doobie Brothers, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Led Zepplin, The Black Crowes, and Jimi Hendrix.

Dr. Brian Witz is a biology professor at Nazareth College by day, singer/song writer/musician by night, with more than 50 years in the music business. Mike Murphy is a middle school music teacher by day and backs up Brian on keyboards and vocals.

Garrett Chapel trustee Bill Peck explains the chapel’s slate roof recently underwent extensive and long-overdue repairs that totalled $250,000, for which they still owe $100,000. Far more extensive work is still needed to remediate the water damage done to the interior of the chapel, to repair leaking terraces and the crypt below, and repair damage to the masonry done by decades of freeze-thaw cycles and an earthquake several years ago that cracked each one of the chapel’s flying buttresses. The total estimate for all repairs now needed is over $1 million.

Peck explains that most of this will be pursued in the form of grants, but the efforts of local fundraising is of great importance to match funds and keep the public aware of how valuable the architectural jewel mounted on Bluff Point above Keuka Lake truly is.

Two more Garrett Memorial Chapel Fundraiser Concerts are planned this summer as benefits for the chapel.

Chapel Trustees hope to raise $10,000 from the three events:

• Saturday, July 29 from 5-8 p.m. hear Keuka Lake’s own musical talent, Mary Ann Brugnoni, live on the dock at the home of Joe Crowe & Sue Longacre: 6330 West Bluff Drive, Keuka Park. Guests will enjoy great food, libations for their $50 donation at the door (checks & credit cards accepted). Kindly RSVP by calling 315-536-0088.

• Sunday, Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m. Hammondsport favorite David Peterson will play and sing hits from the 60s & 70s. Free admission, but donations gratefully accepted.

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