“A Time for Love,” a musical festival sponsored by For The Good, Inc. commemorating Juneteenth and encouraging unity, will air once again on June 19, from 7-8 p.m. on WKTV 2.2, Utica’s CBS television affiliate, and simulcast on 95.5FM The Heat radio.
“This inspiring program originally aired last Saturday night, and immediately drew praise not only for the quality of performances by the local musicians who contributed, but also for the messages of comfort and inspiration during what has been a challenging time for so many of us,” said For the Good CEO Cassandra Harris-Lockwood.
“It is a showcase for the tremendous musical talent we have in the Utica area, and also what can be accomplished when you have a talented, dedicated group of people who set a goal — and more than exceed it. I think we all agree that this collaboration can, and will continue, because at this difficult time, we all need it.”
Juneteenth was first marked in the Utica area in 1996, and has grown through the years as the national commemoration of the freeing of slaves that occurred in 1865 has become more and more popular. This year, many Juneteenth celebrations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Harris-Lockwood began working last month on a way it could be celebrated at a time when large public gatherings are not taking place.
Local musicians like ‘Doc’ Woods, Grammy Award winner, Joanne Shenandoah, T.K. Howard, and Harris-Lockwood perform songs appropriate for marking Juneteenth — and for promoting racial equality, freedom, and justice, and for uniting people of all backgrounds.
Support for the program will fund For The Good’s Community Gardens Program and the Virtual Study Buddy Club. The gardens, located on Linwood Place and Jay Street, provide fresh, organic produce for residents of center-city Utica. The Study Buddy Club is a long-time tutoring and mentoring program usually run at Hamilton College that must be converted to a virtual program. Sponsorship packages are still available for the encore presentation.
For more information on the program and how to support it, contact Harris-Lockwood at 315-797-2417, or at 955theheat.com.