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Lockport winery owners propose holding June 18 concert

LOCKPORT – The owners of Spring Lake Winery in the Town of Lockport are seeking permission to host a daylong musical festival on June 18, with a “big name” as the feature attraction.

Promoter Tom Tarry of Results Group of Syracuse said he received a proposed contract from the proposed headliner Tuesday, and he urged the town Planning Board to act quickly on the winery’s request for a special-use permit. The board scheduled a public hearing and possible vote for 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

“This contract is not open-ended,” Tarry said. “The band, I don’t think, would wait a month. These offers are good for 10 to 14 days.”

Tamre Varallo, co-owner of the winery, said she and her family want to step in with some summer musical entertainment, since the City of Lockport’s financial crisis brought an end to the Friday night summer concert series after the 2013 season.

Space is limited outside the winery, and the crowd will be, too. “I see the cap on this as 1,500,” Tarry said. “The budget’s done based on 1,500 ticket sales.”

The small space means there won’t be any on-site parking. Tarry said the crowd will have to park at the Niagara County Fairgrounds and take shuttle buses to the winery on Rochester Road, which is Route 31. Parking along the road or along the winding driveway leading to Spring Lake will be forbidden.

Tarry and Varallo admitted that Cornell Cooperative Extension has not yet responded to their request for parking at the fairgrounds.

Attorney John J. Ottaviano, representing the winery, said he composed a letter supporting the event and had it signed by six neighboring property owners. Town Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said, “There’s about nine more that need to be contacted.”

The day of music would last from 1 to 9 p.m., Ottaviano said. Local bands would play until the main event comes on.

There will be food trucks, and alcohol will be sold. Tarry said all buyers will be proofed, and no one will be allowed to bring in beverages of their own.

email: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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