Three events that were washed out during a single rainy spell in mid-June will fill River Fest Park on Ohio Street with celebration this evening.
At 4 p.m., the Valley Community Association will host a ground-breaking ceremony at the park, 249 Ohio St., for the lodge, a two-story building housing a restaurant and dining area, banquet or meeting space and restrooms, as well as historical displays.
Peg Overdorf, the driving force behind the park and executive director of the Valley Community Association, will speak, as will Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder and other project stakeholders.
Live music will follow, with Nick Battistella performing as Sinatra from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Only Humen taking the stage in the band shell from 7:30 to 11:30.
The lodge ground-breaking was originally set for June 13, but strong winds blew down the tents set up for the event, and heavy rain soaked the ground.
Battistella and Only Humen were scheduled to perform during River Fest on June 16, but a soaking rain chased people away from the park that day, too.
“It was just one rainy week we had in June,” said Overdorf.
Today’s events are free and open to all; people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Because the sale of food and refreshments supports the park’s maintenance and other riverfront development, no coolers will be allowed. Parking is free and plentiful.
For more information, visit www.thevalleycenter.com or check out Buffalo River Fest Park and the Valley Community Center on Facebook.