Local musicians come together for a virtual holiday special

They're putting together a virtual holiday special to bring some holiday cheer to the Mohawk Valley and hopefully raise some money for the zoo.

Posted: Dec 19, 2020 10:28 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2020 12:25 AM

UTICA, NY - The Utica Zoo recently had to cancel their Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo due to the rising number of covid cases in the area.

They were counting on the money that would have been raised to help support and care for all the animals there. 

Now a group of local musicians is stepping up to help out.

They're putting together a virtual holiday special to bring some holiday cheer to the Mohawk Valley and hopefully raise some money for the zoo.

The Utica Zoo is home to more than 200 domestic and exotic animals, and it costs nearly $5,000 a day to care for them.

With their recent temporary closure due to the covid-19 pandemic, the zoo is down over $1 million in operating costs.

Mark Simon, the zoo’s visitor experience and marketing manager, says more than a dozen local musicians will perform holiday favorites for the virtual special, which will also serve to honor the memory of Utica music legend Freddy Piperata who passed away recently.

"You know the 2020 holiday season can't be what it normally is around here. The holiday spirit is usually really, really, high in the Mohawk Valley area, but with 2020 and things being canceled, this is just our way of trying to keep the holiday spirit going."

If you'd like to check it out or make a donation, the Utica Zoo Virtual Holiday Special can be seen Wednesday, December 23 at 6 pm on the zoo's Facebook page.

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