This Saturday (May 11), you can do your part to make our community look its best by participating in a day of cleanup and beautification hosted by the Downtown Partnership and the John Elliot Spring Clean-Up & Benefit Concert Group.
Kicking off at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Park fountain, teams and individuals will then scatter into various pre-selected parts of the community where trash clean-up will have the most impact. “Before” and “after” photos will be taken so you can track just how much progress has been made.
At noon, participants will meet back at Courthouse Park to wrap up the clean-up component of the day with pizzas donated by BRIX Pubaria. Water and other drinks will also be available throughout the morning.
Later on at 7 p.m., you’ll get to enjoy a concert with local artists at Bru 64, with funds benefiting both the Cortland Main Street Music Series and Suicide Prevention and Awareness in Cortland County.
The concert will include local artists Quona Hudson and Chris Merkley. Following them will be The Local Farmers Union and then The Unknown Woodsmen wrapping up the night.
Organizers of this annual clean-up event offered this tribute to John Elliott:
“A transplant to the Cortland community some years back, John Elliott was a friend to all he met. He always made an immediate impression with a big smile and a great big hug. You could always find John enjoying local music events and he was good friends with many of the artists in the local music scene, as he was a guitar and banjo player himself.
In addition to music John was very into sustainability and recognized the importance of treating the Earth with respect and care. It was not uncommon to discover that, during a walk home, John had picked up every single piece of trash that he encountered along the way. He was always looking for ways to help people and the community and is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
This event is about keeping John’s core values alive in the community, and bringing friends together to promote positivity, environmental stewardship, and the local music scene in his name. He may not be around to take part in the action anymore, but this event is surely in line with the things he loved, and would have wished to accomplish.
Please share this with your friends, and we hope to see you all at the Fountain in Courthouse Park in Cortland at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th!”