Classified to perform at O-D Bicentennial Gala

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As part of its ongoing bicentennial celebration, the Observer-Dispatch is inviting the public to a special gala this month featuring local band Classified.

UTICA — As part of its ongoing bicentennial celebration, the Observer-Dispatch is inviting the public to a special gala this month featuring local band Classified.

The Bicentennial Gala will take place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the historic Stanley Center for the Arts. Classified, which is celebrating its own 25th anniversary this year, will perform from 8 to 10:30 p.m., with a brief intermission.

“It’s not every day in America that a newspaper reaches a milestone such as this and celebrates 200 consecutive years of publishing,” O-D Publisher Terry Cascioli said in a news release. “So, this will be a historic and very special evening in Utica’s history. We invite the community to share in this momentous celebration with us, witness a part of history, and revel in the grandeur of the Stanley Theater.”

In addition to the musical performance, the gala will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a collection of historical exhibits chronicling the O-D’s long history of local news coverage. There also will be a silent auction to benefit the Stanley and the newspaper’s own charity, Operation Sunshine

One of the historical exhibits will focus on Utica’s past connection with the Mafia and the Observer-Dispatch’s coverage of that issue, which earned it a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1959.

Tickets for the gala are available now at the Stanley box office, located at 261 Genesee St., or by calling 315-724-4000. The cost is $45 for the full event, or $16 for the concert only.

For more details, visit www.uticaod.com/gala.