Health awareness concerts end at Thornden Park


Amid a late summer resurgence of the virus and back-to-school health concerns, public health awareness concert series Jazz in the City wraps up its summer tour of city parks with a final concert at Thornden Park this Thursday at 6 p.m. with saxophonist, flautist and smooth jazz singer Paula Atherton. Concerts travel with food and craft vendors and a health village. At the center of the village is the presence of Syracuse Community Health, scheduling appointments for vaccinations and boosters, answering questions about toddler vaccines, back-to-school vaccinations and many more current health issues, referring those who cannot find personal doctors and giving free health screenings. As incentives, scratch-off lottery tickets will be distributed to all who pass through the health center tents. All attendees will receive gift bags filled with health information and test kits.

Billboard star Paula Atherton brings her New York band to a three-hour performance with local “dance for health” troupe 1Accord Line Dance as opening act. Atherton is adept at both smooth jazz and traditional styles, having worked with artists as diverse as The Rippingtons, Chieli Minucci, Hank Jones and Dee Dee Bridgewater. She is a regular on the circuit of international festivals and jazz cruises. This will be his first performance in Syracuse.

“Paula is the perfect closeout for our series, and the venue for the concert is perfect, in my humble opinion,” said CNY Jazz Series leader and host Larry Luttinger. “We sit on the Westcott Nation side of the park by the pool, playing on the huge lawn beside it. There are plenty of parking spaces along the park road. Everyone is welcome to bring chairs, tents and make the evening a family celebration. You can even exercise by joining the line dancers for fun. It’s more than a concert, it’s a festival, and I’m asking everyone who can attend to bring a family member to visit the health center tent and all the healthcare providers who attend. find there.

On-site health care providers include Hope Connections Recovery, a Catholic Charities program; Molina Healthcare, ACR Health, Excellus, New York State Department of Mental Health, Fidelis Care, YMCA and Humana. The Prevention Center will distribute NARCAN kits and training in their use.

All Jazz in the City concerts are free and open to the public.

If you are going to

What: Syracuse Community Health JAZZ IN THE CITY public health concert

When: Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Thornden Park, Thornden Park Drive, Syracuse

Who: Paul Atherton with the first part of 1Accord Line Dance

Cost: Free


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