January 16, 2007

Desi Arnaz Bandshell Memorial Completed

As reported by The Post-Journal of Jamestown, New York, the Memorial Desi Arnaz Bandshell has now been completed in Celoron, NY in a park that once was known as a popular amusement park. The park, known now as Lucille Ball Memorial Park with it's picnic area and small grove by the Chautaqua River is all that's left of the amusement park.

The idea for the memorial came from Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. when they visited in 2001 and realized that there wasn't alot in the Jamestown area named after their famous father. Lucie donated $20,000 towards the effort.

Pictured above from left, Terry Schrecengost, Celoron highway superintendent; Mayor Tom Bartolo; Ric Wyman, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center executive director; and Harry Trippett pose in front of the new Desi Arnaz Bandshell in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. Photo by Patrick L. Fanelli.

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