Band Shells Anyone?
Earlier today I received an email from Kevin Gaughan who forwarded me an email from his friend out in California. The email inquired whether Buffalo had any bandshells that were in need of a good fixing up. Here is the crux of the email:
"I have a good friend named Glen Williams who runs a charitable Foundation called the Mortimer Levitt Foundation in Los Angeles. This foundation was established by Mort Levitt, the founder of the Custom Shirt Shop store chain.
Mort grew up in New York City and throughout his life he was a patron of the arts. His love was music. Mort's foundation has a very specific mission. The foundation offers capital and other assistance to communities in the U.S. that want to build or rehabilitate out door band shells.
Turns out that lots of out door band shells were constructed in the 1920's and 30's throughout the U.S. It used to be a common way for communities to gather together and socialize. Many of the band shells are now in disrepair and no longer used. In some communities, the band shells have turned into unattractive places where criminal conduct is frequent, like drug dealing and prostitution.
Are there band shells in the major parks in the City of Buffalo?" - John
I thought about the question, but I could only recall the Calvert Vaux-designed Spire Head bandstand that used to be at the foot of Hoyt Lake. That was completely burned to the ground... but it does constitute a band shell of sorts - maybe we could get it back through the abovementioned foundation. Are there any others that were located around the city?