Super Jam 2019 at Sylvan Beach on Sunday, Sept. 15, will benefit the Sylvan Beach Union Chapel Restoration Fund and be dedicated to the memory of Robert H. “Sukosh” Fearon III, who often played at the chapel’s Sunday services.
Super Jam features a dozen musicians and acts donating their time to play continuous music from 1-5 p.m. at Harpoon Eddie’s on Park Avenue. The event is free; donations are accepted, and several raffles benefitting the chapel restoration fund will be conducted for electronics, gift certificates and a five-night stay in the Cayman Islands.
Scheduled musicians include CATO, Mark Bolos, Dave DeSantis, Andy Cittadino, Bernie Clarke, Dale Brown, Aaron Scott, Liz Friedel, Rick Kimball, Lisa Murphy, Juliane Price and Joe Ferlo.
The music this year is dedicated to Sukosh Fearon, a lifelong Oneida resident who was blind at birth and taught himself to play piano. He died in December 2017 at age 64.
This year’s event will raise funds for repair and replacing support beams for the chapel’s foundation. The chapel was named to the state and federal registries of historic places in 2009, according to benefit chair Linda Palmer, a local summer resident.
The chapel is a vital part of the Sylvan Beach summer community, drawing guest sermons from clergy from around the state who conduct non-denominational worship services, Palmer said.
The chapel’s history dates to Oct. 11, 1886, when the Sylvan Beach Mission and Chapel was formed by 25 women who wanted a church for their children to attend Sunday school. It opened the following summer.
Donations for the Restoration Fund may be mailed to Sylvan Beach Union Chapel, P.O. Box 182, North Bay, New York 13123.