Wellsville Revitalization Committee President Candy Bangor announced Thursday evening that the dedication ceremony planned for the floodwall murals has been rescheduled. The original date was Saturday, July 14. The popular local band Route 45 was to provide the entertainment to wrap up the planned activities. Due to unforeseen circumstances the band was forced to cancel their engagement for that evening. At their meeting last night the Revitalization Committee voted to stay with the Wellsville area band and to reschedule the planned dedication.
The new date for the dedication ceremony has been set for Saturday, September 15. The ceremony will begin with dedication of the floodwall murals at the Pete Amato Boardwalk at 6:30 PM. Activities will then move to Wellsville's SOI Lodge with a cocktail hour scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. At 9 PM the Route 45 band will take the stage.
The floodwall murals project was the brain child of former Mayor Joe Surace. The idea was born after seeing something similar while visiting New Orleans. Thinking of Wellsville’s floodwalls the Wellsville Revitalization Committee was formed in 2004. The goal was to hopefully attract visitors to the village that would support village businesses. The new committee commissioned artist Gina Hampson of Gina’s Burning Brush to begin painting the subscribed murals. What were once just drab concrete walls has now been transformed into beautiful works of art depicting many historical scenes of Wellsville’s past. Hampson has been the only artist working on the murals. Other than maintaining them the project is nearly completed after eight years of dedicated effort. It’s mission accomplished for the committee on this project.
We’ll have more on the dedication ceremony as time draws near. Bangor asks that anyone who purchased tickets for the July date to contact their seller. Pictured here are one of the first to be painted. It shows Abe Lincoln speaking to Wellsville residents while enroute to Washington for his inauguration.