Rocktoberfest benefits Hope Elephants

By Hope Elephants | Sep 19, 2012
Courtesy of: Gary Clancy Guitarist Gary Clancy

Featured guest Gary Clancy will join Creatures of Habit when the Rock N Roll band takes the stage at the Camden Snow Bowl Saturday. Fans of the band know how good that sound can be. Rain or shine, 4-10 p.m.

In 1977 Gary found his niche in record producing, casting him in numerous roles from president of FNA Recording Productions, owner of Rosewood Recording studio, BMI/Just a Rose Music Publishing, Director of Dr. Music Instructional Programs in Bangor and Camden Maine, and co-owner of Portland, Maine Music Productions. He is currently owner and producer at Old Skool Recording Studio in China, Maine.

Gary has notably shared the stage with such international Artists as Chuck Berry, Blood Sweat & Tears, Sly and the Family Stone, the Young Rascals, Santana, Chubby Checkers, Tiny Tim, Freddy Fender, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and has performed numerous tours throughout the United States. In addition to the guitar, Gary plays the Bass and Ukulele.

With almost three decades as an Adjunct Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the University of Maine in Augusta, Gary has managed to stay on the cutting edge of the music business. His Music Business curriculum initiates and demonstrates both past and present methods of successful music/artist management and has helped to launch the careers of many fine musicians.

Creatures of Habit is known for its ability to get people dancing. Members Rick Johnson, Chris Coconis, Phil Clement, Elwood (Zelmo) Doran, and Ezra Rugg have years of experience and are known for playing music that gets people dancing.

Supporting musicians include Resa Randolph, Tom Ulichny, Joseida Lord and the Zumba Dancers.

The tentative schedule for Saturday is as follows: Resa Randolph, 4:15-5; Tom Ulichny, 5-5:45; Josieda 5:45-6:45; Zumba Dancers, 6:45-7; and Creatures of Habit, 7-10 p.m.

Other activities at Rocktoberfest include door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Though the event is intended to be a day out for adults, Hope Elephants will have some children’s activities to entertain kids who come with their parents.

Vendors include the Taco Libre Truck, Big Bob’s Big Dawgs, 2 Smokin Guys and Hope Orchards. Mainely Bartenders will be serving beer and wine.

Hope Elephants is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is bringing two retired and injured Asian elephants to Maine for care and rehabilitation. Hope Elephants will also be an educational destination where visitors, especially school-age children, will have an opportunity to see, hear, and interact with the animals as a platform to present the big issues surrounding conservation, habitat destruction, and ecology. Funds raised at this event will go to meet these projects. For more information about Hope Elephants and its projects, see their website at or follow updates on Facebook at, That page is visible to the public without being a member or logging into the site.

Major underwriters of Rocktoberfest include the Guerriero Family, Louis and Giavanna Sergi, the Howard-Girard Family, Parris and Cathy Varney, the Sorchini Family, and Standard Waterproofing.

Roctoberfest runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Though some chairs will be provided, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to be most comfortable.

Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Food and beverages are not included in those prices. Free parking is on-site.

The Camden Snow Bowl recreational facility is located at 30 Barnestown Road, Camden. To reach it from Route 1, turn at John Street (Subway Restaurant) and continue west about 4 miles. From the west, take Route 17 to Route 235, which becomes the Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope. Turn south on the Barnestown Road and continue for about 4 miles.

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