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Concert will benefit ferry

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

The Gaslight Theater will be holding the Spring Music Festival on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

There will be a total of three artists performing various types of music at the concert. that will benefit the Sistersville Ferry. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Susan Seders, music director of Duff Street Church in Clarksburg, W.Va., will be performing contemporary Christian music. She is in charge of planning the music for the traditional worship service each week at the Duff Street Church, along with directing special music events for adults and children.

Sienna Stocky of Watertown, Ohio, performs alternative type music that hints at a Celtic feel with a youthful American edge. She began signing on stage at a small festival in southeast Ohio at the age of four. When she was nine, she sang in front of thousands at campaign stops for Vice President Joe Biden.

Mountain State Vocal Union will also be performing. Comprised of Pat Malone of Sistersville, Brent Hash of Sistersville, Allen Kruger of New Martinsville, and Will Wilburn of Pullman, Mountain State Vocal Union has been performing together for a little over a year.

The Spring Music Festival is the latest of a series of fund raisers held to help the Sistersville Ferry remain in operation. In mid-October the ferry had to shut down because of lack of funds. Had the ferry operated during the normal season, they would have run until the end of Thanksgiving weekend. Barbara Gage, co-chair of the Sistersville Ferry Board, stated they knew when Mayor Bill Rice closed down the ferry, they needed to take drastic action.

The newly reformed board consisted of Gene Rice, Lisa Leach, Gage, Terry Wiley, Phil Konopacky, Charles Winslow, and Eric Peters. The board began planning and went into high gear in February. Alex King suggested a Radio-Thon, which was successfully carried out in March. The ferry also displays ads which generate some revenue. Grant opportunities are also being pursued which could benefit the ferry.

To date, revenues from the Radio-Thon, private donations, and concerts, along with grant reimbursements, total more than $19,000 to start this ferry season. It is expected to begin operation within the next two weeks.

The daily costs for running the ferry total about $400, which include manpower, fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

Repairs for the ferry this year included the transmission on the port engine and the drive shaft.

More fundraisers to benefit the Sistersville ferry are to come, which include the “Lucky Hundred Raffle” being held by the Sistersville Lions Club. Each raffle ticket will be sold for $100 and there is no limit to how many tickets can be purchased. Prizes will range from $1,000 to $6,000, depending on how many tickets are sold. The last day to purchase tickets will be during this summer’s Picnic in the Park Celebration, held in the Sistersville City Park in July. The drawings will take place that evening on the band stage of the pool house. You can call Lisa Northcraft at 304-771-9103, Alex King at 304-771-8835, Brandon Chadock at 304-483-1803 or you can email SistersvilleLC@gmail.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Also, the Friendly Lions Club is sponsoring a raffle for a new recliner which is provided by King’s Corner, along with a $100 gift certificate.

TIckets are $1 each or six for $5. They are available at King’s Corner, IGA, or any Friendly Lions Club member. The drawing will be held May 1.