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Charity mini-golf gala is anything but mini

The Springville Center for the Arts charity mini-golf and gala features holes made by local artists. Paul Boccolucci designed the dragon in the top right hand corner, Dave Brown designed the guitar and the replica of the roof of the Arts Cafe was designed by Rich Federowicz.
SPRINGVILLE—‘Tis the season for charity golf; non-profits, churches and awareness organizations have supporters in full swing for their cause. This year the Springville Center for the Arts is having golfers shorten their stroke for a nine hole mini-golf tournament, part of their annual fundraising gala.

“We were looking for a new twist on our golf tournament this year, and we thought mini-golf would be prefect way to do it,” said Seth Wochensky, executive director of the SCA.

Festivities begin Friday, June 13 with family putt from 3-9 p.m. and again on Saturday from noon-3 p.m. The putt-putt course is located on the grounds of the Springville Center for the Arts, located on North Buffalo Street in Springville. It starts in the theater and meanders around the building and through the entertainment tent.

“It’s a custom-made course,” Wochensky said. “There are a variety of people making the holes. This is not a typical mini-golf, there is a whole lot of artisan creativity mixed in.”

One of the holes Wochensky highlighted is a 15-feet long guitar, crafted by local artist Dave Brown. “You putt down the neck of the guitar, and if you hit down the middle you’re likely going to get a hole-in-one. If you get on the other strings you’re left with a tough left hand putt to the hole,” said Wochensky.

Two of other holes include a replica of the plans for the new green roof on top of the Art’s Café, located on East Main Street, made by Rich Federowicz, and a colorful metal dragon hand sculpted by Paul Boccolucci. A scoreboard will be kept throughout the weekend, with prizes given to the winning golfers, including the “Coiltown Cup,” designed by Tom Irish and Gerry Hashagen.

The SCA gala also includes a youth battle of the bands on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Young bands will play in front of mini-golfers, and judges in pursuit of a $500 cash prize. Guest judges include Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Bob James and former local rocker Jaime Rowitsch. Once the kids are done playing, the bands Trailer Park Mafia, The Middle Class and Deploy the Slide will give showcase performances.

After the mini-golf and battle of the bands wrap up, the main gala event begins at 7 p.m. The event will have basket raffles, silent auctions and special servings of “sweet and savory” crepes made by Ed Gath.

There will be live music throughout the night, two stages will feature Brazilian flute tango by Julie Tustall, jazz duets with Judy Wright and Alex Sabuda and acoustic music by Nick Kody. Following the music there will be live improv comedy performance by Just Go With It, and the Springville Orchestra will close out the night. All proceeds from the gala help to support the SCA.

Springville Center for the Arts is a non-profit, rural multi-arts center that provides a variety of theater and music performances, as well as cinema shows, artist workshops and gallery exhibits. SCA also provides many youth art and theater programs as well. “We’re here as a community arts center, and we try and provide the community with a little bit of everything… This gala provides us with large portion of funding.” said Wochensky.

Tickets are available by calling 592-9038, online at SpringvilleArts.org, or in person at Arts Underground, 66 East Main Street, Springville.

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