A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald

A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald  
Thursday, November 4th  7:10PM
Brickyard Brewing Company (BBC), 436 Center St., Lewiston, NY
(Lewiston, NY)  “The Legend Lives On”…  On Thursday, November 4th at 7:10 p.m., Lewiston Council on the Arts proudly presents the 8th annual fundraiser, "A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald" at the Brickyard Brewing Company (BBC), 436 Center St., Lewiston, NY.  After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic and the horrific fire at the BBC, the event returns in all of its glory!  This multi-sensory and multi-media tribute will be hosted by artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast, Thomas Paul Asklar, who will commemorate the 46th anniversary of the disaster.  The SS Edmund Fitzgerald, also known as the "Mighty Fitz", was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.  
The evening begins at 7:10 PM with a brief presentation by Asklar explaining the ship's history, the timeline of the tragedy, and theories of its destruction. A tolling of the bell will honor each soul of the 29 crew members. Artifacts will be displayed, and Jim Rankine will provide bagpipe tribute.
Internationally renowned musicians Bruce Wojick, Jamie Holka, Dave Thurman and special guest 
Jeremy Hoyle, lead singer of Strictly Hip, will perform songs with a nautical theme, as well as music from the Fitz era.   The centerpiece will be Gordon Lightfoot’s most famous musical tribute, the "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".  
This year’s special tribute will be BBC’s very own beer "Gitchegumee".  Master brewers John Mateer & Tom Winter created this masterpiece, which Mateer describes as:
 “A golden lager meant to be drinkable, but never boring. Brewed with barley grown and malted in the Great Lakes region. Hopped exclusively with Michigan Copper hops, a cultivar bred by Great Lakes Hops. This beer is an ode to all things regional, and a tip of the cap to the Mighty Fitz.”  Artwork on Gitchegumee was created by designer Rob Hopkins, whom Asklar actually taught in kindergarten! On tap and to go options will be available!

Make sure to get there early and enjoy BBC's mouthwatering menu! This event is free for Art Council members, and $10.00 for non- members.  Please follow CDC Mask Guidelines:  If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor, public places.
Saturday, November  6th   2:00PM:  Mighty Fitz 5K Run
The Mighty Fitz 5K race starts at 2:00PM in front of the Brickyard Pub & BBQ, 432 Center St., Lewiston.  The race will take runners through the Village of Lewiston, Artpark State Park and along the Niagara River waterfront. There will be a postrace celebration and awards ceremony at the Brickyard following the race with food, Gitchegumee beer specials, special edition "Mighty Fitz" commemorative t-shirts, and live music by Zak Ward.  
For more info:  (716) 998-5777

The Edmund Fitzgerald is lost... but not forgotten.
This event is sponsored by:  BBC/Brickyard Brewing Co., Great Lakes Realty, Havens Family Dentistry and RMS/Race Management Solutions
Also contact:  Thomas P. Asklar:  (716) 531-2668   TPAsklar@gmail.com
                     themightyfitz.com    www.tpasklarart
             Paul Beatty:  RMS/Race Management Solutions  (716) 998-5777