Chris Falekas Tribute concert set


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ROCK TAVERN On Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Rock Tavern Unitarian Universalist congregation he supported and blessed, Chris Farlekas will once again be memorialized in song.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to a food pantry in his native Port Jervis and to support the good works of this liberal religious organization that he befriended.

After attending the Nov. 8 tribute concert for Farlekas at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (UUCRT) board member and past president Mike Landrum was inspired to “have a chance to add our tribute as well.”

Farlekas was a celebrated local journalist, pacifist, humanitarian and supporter of the arts. He first came to the UUCRT meetinghouse in the 1960s to attend a rally against the Vietnam War. He died on May 5, 2015.

“As a life-long pacifist, Chris always supported efforts to end war, and that was why, when he served in the U.S. Army in Korea, it was as a medic,” Landrum said, adding that “he was drawn to the seven principles of UUism, a liberal religion honoring every individual and dedicated to peace, democracy and the search for truth and meaning. These open-minded principles drew Farlekas to us and he even taught them to our children in Sunday school."

The tribute concert will feature jazz pianist Alice Shane, Broadway composer Steve Margoshes and his wife, Ada, Julie Zavrais, Lydia Adams Davis, Diane Diachishin, pianist Hollis Kellogg and Michael Landrum, among other talented Hudson Valley artists who were friends of Farlekas.

The tribute will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance through Feb. 25.

The UUCRT is located at 9 Vance Road in the hamlet of Rock Tavern, halfway between Goshen and Newburgh on Rt. 207 in New Windsor.

“Over the last 40 years of his life, he often showed up in our meetinghouse on the hilltop in Rock Tavern like an unexpected blessing,” Landrum recalled. “He always brought laughter and joy, and sometimes a large box of cupcakes in celebration of his own birthday. There were Sundays he would bring a group of performers from a nearby high school musical to sing for us; or he’d tell us stories from his army days; or tell about the civil rights marches he joined in Alabama.

“Chris Farlekas was an openhearted, generous, joyful seeker of the arts, a great humanitarian and a rare teacher," Landrum said. "We loved him and were fortunate to have him in our midst. All his friends are welcome to join us as we praise his life and mourn his passing.”

For more information, contact Landrum at 917-647-7893 or mikelandrum@optonline.net.

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