Accordion Fest draws fans to Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The 6th annual Accordion Fest drew about 150 people to the Medina Theatre this afternoon, the first time that venue has hosted the music festival.

In the top photo, Ted Szymanski plays the accordion for the band, Special Delivery from Buffalo. Dave Miesowicz, left, plays several instruments for the band including alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and clarinet. The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council planned the event.

Special Delivery and other musicians proved popular with the crowd, which preferred the polka band over the Buffalo Bills game.

The Accordion Fest included an open mike opportunity and Francisco Rosario was one of the performers. Rosario and his family own Monte Alban and Mariachi de Oro in Medina. Rosario thanked the community for supporting the businesses and welcoming his family.

Jim Kimball, a SUNY Geneseo professor, plays his accordion during the festival today. He also served as emcee for the event.