A fundraiser for the 19th-century bandstand at Burke Park will be held Saturday, July 13, during the Little Falls Cheese Festival.
Members of Preserve Our Past (POP) will sell a puzzle of an oil painting by Giorgia Talarico of the bandstand in front of Cross Fit PSE at 586 East Main St. The 285-piece puzzle is 12 inches y 16.5 inches when completed and costs $25.
The puzzle is also on sale at several locations in Little Falls, including the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Rochette’s and the Little Falls Historical Society Museum, and may be purchased from any POP board member.
Burke Park’s bandstand is the last of three bandstands that were located in the city, including Ward Square and Furnace Street Park.
“These bandstands served as wonderful music venues, and were magnets for many other social gatherings,” said POP President David Dardzinski.
The organization said the bandstand at Burke Park is deteriorating. Efforts are underway to replace its roof to prevent further damage as part of the first stage of restoration.
“Preserve Our Past is excited and grateful for the assistance and support of Mayor Blask and the City of Little Falls in helping us to save this important historic structure from further decline,” stated Dardzinski.
To raise additional funds, a house tour of historic homes in the Burke Park area is being planned for early December.