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Wolcott to host free Christmas concert

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The town of Wolcott is set to celebrate the festive season with a free Christmas concert, maintaining a 23-year tradition. The event, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 11988 W Main Street.


This year’s concert, sponsored by Lyons National Bank (LNB), promises to be a delightful experience for all ages and continues Wolcott’s tradition of bringing holiday cheer to its community.

The concert is curated by Chris Kenyon and Kelley Patchen-Loveless, who have kept this annual tradition thriving. They have enlisted the talents of Joe Cortini and Matt Vacanti, both veteran musicians, to direct the show. Vacanti, a versatile bass player, will also act as the arranger and bandleader for the event.

The concert will feature a five-piece “house band” supporting a diverse lineup of instrumentalists and vocalists, offering a range of styles from Blue Grass to Jazz and Classical. According to Kenyon, the collaboration of Cortini and Vacanti ensures a performance of world-class music.

The event not only serves as a platform for showcasing musical talent but also supports a noble cause. Attendees are encouraged to make cash donations, which will benefit the First Presbyterian Food Pantry. This pantry plays a vital role in the community, serving over 1,400 families in the Wolcott area. The concert, with an estimated run time of 90 minutes, will include an intermission featuring cookies and refreshments. For more information, interested parties can contact Chris Kenyon at 315-879-1341. The concert stands as a highlight of Wolcott’s holiday season, offering a blend of festive music and community spirit.