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46th Sunday In The Park.

On Sunday August 6, 2017 from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM, the Corry Area Arts Council will present their 46th annual Sunday In the Park in the City Park at the corners of North Center and East Smith Streets here in Corry. 

The affiliates under our umbrella who will be participating will be the Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary, Corry Artists' Guild and C4U (Creativity For You).

The Corry Area Arts Council Auxiliary will not be selling refreshments in the Food Court.  Instead they will provide assistance in the Children's Free Fun Land.

C4U Creativity For You will set up an information both in the Special Attractions Area next to the Information both for the Corry Area Arts Council.

Rain location will be the Corry Area Primary School on Wright Street.  We will make a determination at 10:30 Am as to whether or not we will stay outside or move indoors.


 From 12 noon until 12:05 President, Jim Mehs will greet attendees and Deacon Bill Saborsky of the Corry Catholic Community will render the Invocation.

 From 5:00 PM until 5:05 PM Pastor Les Utegg of Relevant Church will read the Benediction and Jim Mehs will offer closing remarks and "Thank You's.




Pre-register by July 30, 2016

Final Day to Register:  Sunday August 7, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

Entries must be left in Art Tent until 4:30 PM on August 7, 2016

  There is NO CHARGE to register 


 All hanging artwork must be framed and wired on the back of the frame or it may not be accepted to hang in the show.  Without a frame and wire it is next to impossible to hand on our display grids, especially in windy conditions. 

You may enter only one piece of artwork per category.

  You may enter artwork in more than one category.

 Ribbons will be awarded by judges.

 All work will be judged by out of area judges.

All entries must be original, not kits, reproductions, or molds.

 No work which previously won an award at Sunday in the Park may be submitted.

 All artwork must remain in the judging area until 4:30 pm on August 7th

 Winners will be announced from the gazebo at 4:30 pm.  Ribbons will be awarded for lst, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category along with a "Best of Show" ribbon.

Please collect all artwork no later than 5 pm on August 7th.  The Artists' Guild will not be responsible for uncollected artwork after 5 pm.


        1. Painting - oil, alkyd, acrylic, pastel, water color, china painting

     .  2. Drawing - pencil, charcoal, ink, scratchboard

   3. Photography

   4. Sculpture - ceramic, clay, wood, metal, paper, soft sculpture

   5. Fiber Art

6. Other


       Children 5 and Under - Painting - Drawing - Other

      Children 6 to 10 - Painting  --  Drawing  --  Other

       Youth  or Teens 11 to 14 - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Other

       Teens l5 to l8 - Painting - Drawing  -- Photography  -- Other


Sketchbook Competition being hosted by the Artist Guild this year at Sunday in the Park. 

There are three separate categories: 
1. Adults 
2. Teens 
3. Children. 

The prize for each category will be an art kit which is age appropriate.
They will have from now until the day of Sunday in the Park to complete 10 assignments for children and 13 or14 for adults and teenagers. Once it has been determined that they have the completed the assignments, their name will be put in the drawing for the prizes of their category. The brochures for Sunday in the Park Art Show and Sketchbook Competition Requirement forms are available at the Painted Finch Gallery and Epiphany's Emporium. 

Each entrant may use their own sketchbook if they have one available or we have sketchbooks available for $5 at Painted Finch Gallery and Epiphany's  Emporium for the competition. 

We will draw the winners name by 4 p.m. and announce it from the Gazebo along with the winners of the art show.


 Contact: Wendy Neckers at Painted Finch Gallery, Inc.

Ph: 814-664-3053

Information Booth

New in the Special Attractions area and located close to the flag pole will be an Information Booth manned by Tim Joncas.  Attendees may stop by and pick up a Walmart bag in which children may place the many prizes which they will win in the FREE Fun Land area.

Sarah Miller of Savory Studio in Titusville will be present in the Special Attractions Area at our 46th Sunday in the Park from 12 noon until 5:00 PM to inform attendees about her painting and crafting classes for children and adults as well as her Paint & Sip parties.

Garrett Culver, board member of C4U,  will be on hand to inform attendees of the goals of this affiliate of the Corry Area Arts Council.  The group was created  for teens and young adults who wish to generate fun things to do for our community.  They are looking for adventurous young people to join and help bring the arts alive in the area.


Arrangements have been made with Brian Silvis and wife Kathy to have Corry's newest radio station, Channel 98.9 set up a booth in the Special Attractions area.  Stop by their booth, say "hello", get acquainted and learn about their future plans for Corry.

For the very first time, thanks to a donation from Corry's VFW from their Gaming Funds Profits, we are honored to present Silhouette Artist Extraordinaire, Igor Nasibyan  from Erie, PA.

This Russian gentleman learned his skills by watching other artists perform on the streets of Moscow. He practiced and practiced and when he was able to cut a silhouette in less than two minutes, he began making money creating outstanding likenesses of his subjects.

After four years both he and his brother, with the help of International Institutes of Erie, were able to bring their families to America.

At a recent festival he was able to cut out, with surgical scissors, 260 silhouettes in a six hour period.  It is reported that he could barely move his fingers at the end of that day.

Above are both a silhouette created by Igor and a photo of area
musician, Louis Nicolia.


Another new feature this year, also sponsored by VFW Gaming Profits, will be the appearance of Brad and Sharon Kimmy of Kimmy Creations.

They will be at City Park from 12 noon until 5:00 PM acquainting
attendees with Brad's recent creations Willy Werk and his pet dog Zip.

Once Brad became acquainted with Willy, he soon realized he would have to make the robot a pet for companionship.

Finally their hard work paid of and Zip appeared

Originally battery operated Brad made some recent changes where Willy and Zip are electrically operated.


One of the highlights of the annual Corry Fest is the corination of
Corry Royalty.  Pictured below are the winners and catagory.

Miss Corry Amanda Osborne, Little Miss Corry Kendall Passinger, Tiny Miss Corry Bristol Eck, shorty after receiving their crowns. These winners are scheduled to appear at our 46th Sunday In The Park.


Pictured below is the Life Touch Photo Booth which will be set up at Sunday in the Park from 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM. thanks to Walmart. Attendees of all ages are invited to stop by and have their likeness recorded free of charge.  Single photos may be taken or you may have groups from 2 to 8 members.  A supply of props will be available for you to use during the photo shoot. After processing you will be presented with two 2 x 6 strips in color as a souvenir of your visit


Pictured above is the permanent home of the Musical Petting Zoo on Maple Avenue.

 Ever pluck a harp or drum on a djembe?  Ever strum a mountain dulcimer or a banjo?  All of these folk instruments and about l00 others will be on display at Sunday in the Park on August 7, 2016 from l2 noon until 5 pm.  

This exhibit is a fully interactive hands-on experience for musicians, young and old, novice to professional. This will be Todd's 3rd straight appearance at this celebration.  He continues to be invited back each year because of the many positive comments we have received during each appearance.



12:00 PM  --  12:05 PM  Opening Remarks & Invocation

12:05 PM --  01:25 PM  Nicholas Nasibyan in concert

01:30 PM --  02:00 PM  Todd Crowley in concert

02:05 PM  --  03:25 PM  Jim and Beth McQuiston in concert

03:35 PM  --  05:00 PM  Gem City Concert Band

04:15 PM  --  04:30 PM  Art Show Winners Announced

05:00 PM  --  05:05  PM  Benediction & Closing Remarks

Nicholas Nasibyan.

The first act appearing this afternoon will be Nicholas Nasibyan.

Nick is a pianist, organist, vocalist, and a composer who is currently a student at Mercyhurst University where he is majoring in Music Composition with a minor in Piano.

He began his musical career at the age of 4 when he started playing the piano by ear.  At the age of 7, he began making appearances in public.

He loves performing the hits from the 30's, 40's, and 50's.  If you look for him on Utube, you will find him there singing and playing piano to such hits as All of Me, As Time Goes By, At Last, Blueberry Hill, Blue Moon, Beyond the Sea, I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover,  In the Mood, Mack the Knife, Opus One, Pennies From Heaven, Someone To Watch Over Me,
Sunny Side of the Street, Tuxedo Junction,  and Where or When and even more recent tunes like Fly Me To the Moon, Hello Dolly, and a medley from Phantom of the Opera. Also you will find his Ballad of Bernie Sanders and a beautiful number called Jesse's Waltz.

Nick has previously appeared at several of our Arts Council Dinner Theaters and is currently pianist, organist, and Coordinator of Liturgical Music for the Catholic Community at Saint Thomas RC Church.



Corry resident Todd Crowley who owns Todd's Musical Petting Zoo on Maple Ave will perform folk music in the Gazebo from 1:30 pm until 2:00 pm.  He will accompany himself on a variety of instruments from his huge collection which will be on display all afternoon


Opening act for our 46th Sunday in the Park, from 2:05 PM until 3:25 PM, will be the husband and wife team of Jim and Beth McQuiston of  Drunken' Sailors.  This duo features pop, rock, and folk influences with subtle harmonies, 12 string guitar, and dynamic flute solos.

  They cover groups often overlooked by other bands -- from the Bee Gees to Seals & Croft.  You might hear Neil Diamond followed by Neil Young or Paul Simon followed by Paul McCartney or even Van Morrison followed by Jimmy Buffett.

Drunken' Sailors is all about having fun in the sun.

This is Jim's 50th year performing in the Corry Area.  We are pleased to have been able to book him for our 46th.

Gem City Concert Band

  This volunteer group of 50+ dedicated amateur and semi-professional musicians dates back to the 1940s.Under conductor Brian McCowin, Corry Area School Music Teacher, they perform a repertoire which includes symphonic overtures, show tunes, and concert band selections. They will perform from 3:35 PM until 5:00 PM

Brian McCowin is the Gem City Concert Band's current conductor. Brian has been employed at Corry Area High School since 2003.  His duties include directing the Marching Band, the Jazz Band, High School Concert Band and Middle School Concert Band and annually is involved with the High School Musical.  He also teacher guitar and other instruments as
well as plays trombone with the Gem City Jazz Ensemble.

Chicadee Mini Donuts, owned by Samantha Ploss of Corry, PA will be present for the first time at Sunday in the Park.  They will be crafting everyone's favorite mini donuts and brewing fresh roasted organic coffee.

Brian and Dawn Campbell of Smokehouse Grill at 510 East Columbus Avenue, will bring their popup trailer to our 46th Sunday in the Park and well offer some of their delicious chicken and pulled pork dinners.




Cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, lemonade and bottled water will by sold by Jim Petrush and his daughter Andrea.


Gary and Patti Maine will sell, sausages, hot dogs, and soda pop.

Casey and Terry Catalfu of Sweet Traditions will be there with their complete line of honey, maple syrup, maple flavored candies, and maple flavored cotton candy.


For the first time Krasa's Kove will have their mobile unit here from Findley Lake, New York

Photo below gives one an idea of the various flavors that will be
available of this delicious homemade product.


Hand Washing Station

For the convenience of attendees at our 46th Sunday in the Park, we have contacted Austin White of Bush Septic of Clymer, New York.  He will have a Hand Washing Station plus two porta potties located in the City Park that day.


While attending our 46th Sunday in the Park please visit the folks who will be set up in the Artists' and Crafters' Alley which has been moved into the triangle which houses the Art Show and Art Show Registration.

Please say "hello" to the following:

Ancient Art  --  Melissa Bahle  --  Jack Calhoun

Garden of Eternity  --  Carol Fielding  --  Sarah Jukes

Taylor La Salvia  --  Trina Marsh  -- Pam Millspaw

Pat Rath  --  Tracey Reed  --  Cassie Stranahan

They will appreciate hearing from you.

All of the activities and games will be FREE.  There will be no charge for anything in Fun Land thanks to the generousity of many area individuals, churches, area clubs and businesses.

Corry Moose is a family organization that raises money to help children and the elderly.

This year they have donated $100.00 from their Gaming Funds which will finance the " Guess the Number of Candies in the Jar " in the Children's Free Fun Land area.

Children 12 and under will be asked to guess the number of candies in each jar.  The one who guesses closest to the actual number without going over the total, will take home the jars.

Thanks to Corry residents who donated during Erie Gives Day last August we are able to rent from Brad's Bounce A Lot In Erie, their Tropical Obstacle Course. Children are taken on a fun filled adventure through a tropical forest with a great frog greeting them at the entrance.  As they go on their journey, they will squeeze through an inflatable log jam, maneuver through giant inflatable rocks, crawl through a tropical tunnel, climb a mountain and slide down the other side.  Children may use this attraction over and over again FREE of charge.

Thanks to Erie Gives, Super Hero, Desiree Davis of Girard, PA will be available in the Children's Free Fun Land from 12 noon until 5:00 PM. She is the current Vice President of the Jolly Jesters and has made appearances as a clown, the Easter Bunny, a pirate, an elf, a referee, and in "glowing attire".

In addition to magical tricks and juggling, she will introduce some of her fabulous balloon artwork.  She is self taught in the art of balloon making and has spent the last 20 years creating work as pictured below.

She has a passion in doing outreach work for suicide prevention and mental illness and especially enjoys working with children.

In addition, she plays the flute and drums in a band at Saint Thomas Church with her youngest son, Nicholas Nasibyan. .  She is very thankful to God for the many talents he has bestowed upon her.

A third attraction sponsored by Erie Gives will be the first time
appearance of the Erie Children's Museum.  They have donated General Admission tickets for two years in a row but have never been able to be here in person during the festival.

Representatives will be attending in their newly acquired van and will be working with the children in introducing some educational crafts.

In addition they will be rewarding 12 General Admission tickets for a visit to their facility which is located at 420 French Street in Erie, PA.


Again this year we will have a representative from Shriner's Hospital in Erie.  Gina Lesoski, RN BSN, Community Outreach Coordinator will be present to inform us of the many services at this facility whose motto is "We Help Kids Be Kids".

Children 12 and under visiting this booth will be allowed to place their names in a container for a drawing for a "basket of toys" similar to the one pictured below.


A new feature in 2016 was "Hooked On Books for Kids of Erie headed by Dean Baldwin. This year's Co-Chairmen are
Sheila Baldwin and Linda Smalley.

The organization encourages lifelong reading and learning among children and youth.  They promote in-home reading by parents to children.

Since its inception in Erie, they have distributed through non profits more than 370,000 books.

Because of the tremendous response to the 200 books passed out last year, they will bring a larger quantity this year.

Corry Central Club

Thanks to the generosity of the Corry Central Labor Council who shared $1,000. of their Gaming Revenue, children of the Corry Area will be treated to five hours of bounce house fun and a train ride around City Park.   Pictured below is Steve Nichols member of the Corry Area Arts Council accepting the check from Jon Maker of the Corry Central Labor Club

The Tropical Bounce House

Children will have fun on their journey into this Tropical Island Bounce House especially when they discover the hoop and the bouncing basketball.  They will feel like Michael Jordan as they bounce into the air and be able to "slam dunk"  like a Basketball Pro.

The Trackless Train

Also coming from Brad's Rentals is a trackless train ride which holds 12 to 18 passengers and can travel on most any flat surface including grass, asphalt, gravel, and pavement.  The Bounce-A-Lot-Express is a realistic version of a train with bells, whistles, PA system and an engineer.  The train is powered by a locomotive that pulls three padded passenger cars equipped with seat belts.

Donnie Rosie, Marketing Director of Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek will bring one of their miniature horses for the Pony For Petting Area.

Parishioners from the Relevant Church and the Salt Church will work together to provide free face painting and other artistic projects in the Children's Free Fun Land.



 Corry Area Council has purchased some new games to accompany those which were donated last year. Children can play any of these games free of charge and will be awarded prizes.

We will have a Duck Pond, a Tike Basketball Game., a Let's Go Fishing game, and a Table Toss Across.

For your added enjoyment we have purchased two large wands with which you will be able to make large bubbles as pictured below.

Attendees will discover an assortment of hula hoops in the area near the bubble activity with which they can play with.

Home Depot of 745l Peach Street in Erie has donated 50 miniature toy kits for children to assemble along with the 150 bird houses donated by Warren Game Commission

Officer Eric Mc Bride of Warren County will represent the PA Game Commission.  He will be here between 12:30 PM and 01:00 PM to discuss the subject of birds.  He will also bring 150 bird house kits to be constructed by the children throughout the day.

Bruce Jacquith is coordinating this effort.  He is be assisted by
members of the Men's Club of the First Methodist Church on Worth Street and members of the Spring Creek Sportsmen's Club.


Greg Ingram and Dave Phelps of the band, Radio Active will furnish two corn hole game units for Children's Fun Land. Youngsters will toss bean bags into holes and will win prizes

Thanks to Dave Peru of Dave's Lawncare & Maintenance, Children will have a new game to play this year, "Digging For Shells"  When they find a shell, they will receive a prize.  If they find a gold one, they will receive two prizes.

Corry PTO is a volunteer run organization which provides support and financial assistance to the students in Pre-K through 5 who are located in both Corry Area Primary School and Corry Area Intermediate School.

Members will be present to pass out bottles of water to children playing in the Children's Free Fun Land.  They will also provide some other children's activities.

Employees from Community Nursing Services of North East will sponsor a Plinko Game where children will be able to win Hawaiian Leis and Martie Gra necklaces.

Members of the Catholic Community from both Saint Thomas and Saint Elizabeth parishes will sponsor a series of bingo games for the children.  From 12 noon until 5:00 pm, under the direction of Deacon William Saborsky and his wife Jean, children will play the game for free and will win their choice of a stuffed animal.

Corry Central Labor Club

Two of the games prizes purchased with funds from the Corry Central Labor Club are  16 dozen two-toned floral leis and  16 dozen animal face masks.


One of the prizes purchased with money donated by VFW is 16 dozen of Smile Face Yo-Yos.

The Faith Evangelical Church of 13444 West Washington Street has donated $250. to Corry Area Arts Council to purchase game prizes for children to be awarded at 45th Sunday in the Park in the Children's FREE Fun Land.  Left from last year are 288 Patriotic Pencils, several dozen Motivational Pencils  as pictured below.

Shearer's Snacks formerly Barrel O' Fun at Waterford PA has notified Arts Council that they will be donating 300 snack packs of potato chips which will be used as game prizes for the Children's Fun Land area

Jake and Mark of Sander's Market have agreed to donate 200 cookies to be used as game prizes in the Children's Fun Land area.


Thanks to the folks at Corry's McDonald's (Chris and Steve) and Heather at the corporate office in Waterford.

Children will be able to win over 280 coupons good for one dessert.


Taco Bell at 32 West Columbus Avenue has donated 50 coupons for a  FREE small freeze with any purchase



Rain Location

Rain location for our 46th Sunday in the Park will be Corry Area Primary School at 423 Wayne Street in Corry. 

Please Use Wright Street Entrance

A decision will be made at 10:30 AM as to whether we will be outside in City Park or inside at Corry Area Primary School.




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