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September 23, 2018

Event To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of The Blizzard Of ’66


FULTON, NY – “The stories are still coming in,” said author Jim Farfaglia, who recently published the book Voices in the Storm: Stories from the Blizzard of ’66.

Children enjoyed an extra week’s vacation from school during the Blizzard of ’66. An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blizzard will take place January 31 in Fulton. Pictured are members of the John Fisher family of Fulton.

Children enjoyed an extra week’s vacation from school during the Blizzard of ’66. An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blizzard will take place January 31 in Fulton. Pictured are members of the John Fisher family of Fulton.

It features recollections of people who experienced the major winter storm that devastated Central New York 50 years ago.

“I’ve spent the last few months speaking at local clubs and organizations about the blizzard and at the end of my program people are enthusiastic about relating their stories,” the author said. “After hearing how passionately people speak of that infamous weather event, I decided to throw a party so we could share them as a group.”

Scheduled to take place 2 to 5 p.m. on January 31, at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus, the event will include Farfaglia’s PowerPoint presentation and commentary about the blizzard, stories he has collected about the storm after the book was published and an “open mic” for attendees to share their memories.

“To complete the experience, I’ve asked Diane Sokolowski, from Treat Me Sweet bakery, to create special ‘blizzard desserts,’ ” said Farfaglia. “We’ll be serving these with hot beverages.  It’ll be a perfect way to spend a wintry afternoon paying homage to an unforgettable storm.”

Those interested in attending the event may purchase tickets at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St. in Oswego, at the Fulton Public Library, 160 S. First St. in Fulton, or by contacting Farfaglia directly by telephone (315) 402-6164, or email [email protected]

“I know that planning an event in the middle of winter can be a little risky,” Farfaglia noted. “So I’ve got a ‘blizzard date’ in place. Should the weather decide to deliver us another mammoth storm on January 31, the party will take place the following Sunday, February 7, same place, same time.”

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