(left) Diane M. Cubit: Abenaki Uncle and (right) Fernando Orellana: Unsustainable Beacon
The street statues of Uncle Sam that have dotted the downtown Troy cityscape for the past six months are now on the auction block.
Funds raised from the auction will go toward supporting the Uncle Sam Project and activities of the Downtown Troy BID to revitalize downtown Troy. Proceeds raised from the auction of statues created by school groups will benefit the individual schools directly.
Earlier this summer, we thought it was a rather odd booking when the Empire State Plaza celebrated the most American of holidays – Independence Day – with a Fourth of July headlining performance by a British Invasion band – Herman’s Hermits.
Now on Sunday, the City of Troy is honoring “Uncle Sam” Wilson – perhaps the most quintessential of American icons – with a parade and a free concert in Knickerbacker Park featuring the Liverpool Invasion, an all-star aggregation featuring ’60s vintage British popsters Billy J. Kramer (of the Dakotas), Joey Molland (of Badfinger) and Terry Sylvester (of the Hollies).
We’re not trying to start another Revolutionary War here or anything, and we’ve got nothing against British music – really, some of our favorite bands are from England – but when you’re celebrating America and its heroes, isn’t it possible to throw a party without outsourcing the music to the former enemy?
Sunday’s Uncle Sam Celebration kicks off at 1pm with a parade that starts at the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue. Immediately following the parade, the celebration will continue at Knickerbacker Park (at 103rd Street and Eighth Avenue) featuring family fun including amusement rides for kids, chicken barbecue and sky divers.
Here’s the music schedule for Knickerbacker Park:
2:30pm: Don “Elvis” Romines
4:15pm: Blue Hand Luke
6:30pm: The Liverpool Invasion
The day-long celebration will conclude with a fireworks display at 8pm.
Yes, it’s time to celebrate the life of a true American icon, and really, what better way to do that than with a John Lennon tribute show?
You can’t make this stuff up.
Anyway, the annual Uncle Sam Parade kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, September 13 from 125th Street and Fifth Avenue in Lansingburgh, and it marches over to 106th Street.
And immediately following the parade, there will be a family fun celebration in Knickerbacker Park (103rd Street and 8th Avenue) featuring rides for kids, chicken barbeque, skydivers and, of course, music:
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