New date sought for Rome Catholic School festival

The Rome Catholic School festival, an annual event for over 40 years, was not held this year on its typical May weekend, and efforts to reschedule the fundraiser in August have not worked out.

But there are still hopes to revive the festival, possibly this fall or next spring, pending a new location plus arrangements with amusement ride and game vendors, says RCS Principal Patty Bliss.

“We haven’t give up….We want to continue it as an annual event,” commented Bliss. She referred to efforts to “carry on the tradition.”

In the meantime, the school is pursuing some alternative fundraisers, said Bliss, noting a “comedy night” Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre that includes comedian Marc Price, who was on the “Family Ties” television show.

The festival, which had been held at the former RCS site at 800 Cypress St., faced new scheduling requirements after RCS relocated last year to the former St. Peter’s school at 400 Floyd Ave. The Cypress Street facility is being leased by the Rome school district for use by Strough Middle School students during a Strough building renovation, in a 27-month agreement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse that began in July last year.

The Rome school district and Board of Education were “all very, very accommodating” about using the Cypress Street site to continue the festival, said Bliss, but she added that trying to have it in May during the district’s school year would have been “just too hard.” The Rome school board at its July 6 meeting approved use of the grounds and parking lot at the Cypress Street school site to host the festival on Aug. 18-20.

However, Bliss said amusement ride vendors had “booked other places” for those dates. She added that efforts were made through “calls all over the state” to find other vendors, including “from Oswego to Saugerties,” but it was unsuccessful.

The vendors tend to schedule the “same weekends every year” for events held annually, she…

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