This year’s event will be held at Arc Park, a new park for people of all abilities to enjoy recreation, which is located at 420 E. German Street in Herkimer, NY. There is a new bandstand to accommodate musicians. The nondenominational event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Arc Herkimer’s new Arc PARK, 420 East German Street, Herkimer. The park officially opened June 17 and it welcomes people of all abilities to enjoy recreation. There is a new bandstand and lawn to enjoy chair and picnic style seating. Reservations are not required.
Flame is a group of musicians with powerful vocals, smooth harmonies and a rich array of instruments, and the 10-person cover band from Gloversville, NY happens to have disabilities. The musicians of Flame have disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness and paralysis, but that doesn’t hold them back. They do what they love and change the world along the way.
Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message. Flame’s mission is to change the world through music. They inspire people with disabilities and give hope to them and their families – hope that they can do great things and live a fun and fulfilling life. Flame’s performances help change how the public perceives people with disabilities and increase the awareness and acceptance of all people, regardless of their differences.
Singer-Songwriter Mark Anthony Bolos musical roots began in Utica, New York. His love for singing and playing led him to begin sitting in with local bands, and as he got older, was regularly performing in area nightclubs and bars. Mark began writing and performing Christian music in the Central New York area. His ministry opportunities grew, and he soon became a highly sought after Christian artist in the Northeast, sharing the stage with such artists as Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Mark Schultz, Aaron Shust, Bryan Duncan, Cheri Keaggy, Natalie Grant, Lenny LeBlanc, and many others.
Other local performers include Paul Whitney, Old Friends, and Klesis.
The Celebration of the Spirit concert will also be part of Herkimer Diamond Days. The street festival has been organized for the third year in a row by the Business & Professional Association of Herkimer. The committee’s goal is to get the whole village involved to provide safe, fun and family oriented events throughout each year.
Arc Herkimer’s Spirituality Committee works to provide opportunities for participation for persons with developmental and other disabilities, along with their families and the community, in meaningful spiritual activities. For additional information, contact Tammy Helmer-Bergen by calling (315) 574-7850.
Arc Herkimer’s mission is empowering people with disabilities and enriching lives throughout our community. For more information regarding the Arc Herkimer, visit www.archerkimer.org or call