The members of the Syracuse Sunshine Rotary Club are getting fired up.
It’s not the biggest organization going, this 20-or-so-member philanthropic club.
But, oh, they have big dreams for a festival they’ve cooked up for Aug. 15 at Kellish Hill Farms in Manlius, just a bit to the southeast of the city.
It’s a music festival with a cool kicker.
Young people will perform, and compete, and be awarded cool prizes, and be mentored by professional musicians. I think it’s pretty tight.
I wrote my community column about it today for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. If you’d like to read my Mark It Up piece, click the link below.
Besides mentoring, artists Tim and Myles Thompson, up from Nashville, will perform a concert. So too will Central New York duo Loren Barriger and Mark Mazengarb, who like the Thompsons, have played their finger-style acoustic guitars in Nashville and abroad. Those two will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Van Norstrand, another local who with his brother Noah has found popularity around the United States.
I think that’ll an excellent example to mix and match with the local participants, who will range in age from 13 to 24.
Have you had the chance to mentor or teach young people, and if so, what’s your field of expertise? What’s your major point to make to the youth of the world? Were you mentored when you were young, and if so, what did you take away from the sessions?