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The Telegram
  • Gelston Castle offers profit-sharing program

  • Gelston Castle Estate is starting a “profit-sharing” program to put on spring events.

    Through program groups and organizations will act as hosts and use an event of choice as a fundraiser with no cost of any kind.

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  • Gelston Castle Estate is starting a “profit-sharing” program to put on spring events.
    Through program groups and organizations will act as hosts and use an event of choice as a fundraiser with no cost of any kind.
    Gelston Castle is calling upon members of the community, groups, organizations, fire departments, schools, colleges, sports teams, churches, scouts, classes, clubs, non-for-profit groups to consider Gelston Castle for their event.
    Gelston Castle will provide the performance hall inside the mansion as well as music, sound, lights and a DJ through Sounds Alive. A giant video screen inside the mansion will give the option to hold video screen screenings of concerts and movies.
    Upcoming concerts at the mansion include Shania Twain, Pitbull, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Sawyer Brown, Meatloaf and AC/DC.
    Planned movie screents offered include “Grease,” “An Officer and a Gentlemen,” “Rainman,” “The Sound of Music,” “Oh God!” “Animal House” and others.
    If a group is looking for other concerts or a movie that is not currently offered just ask and Gelston Castle will try to accommodate the party’s wishes.
    “This is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Gelston Castle offers a great venue to hold any type of fundraiser event,” said Gelston Castle Venue Events Manager Bill Schmelcher.
    Gelston Castle is also open to other ideas and is willing to consider anything as long as it is deemed approporate, said Schmelcher.
    The group, person or persons putting on the event will be responsible for promoting the event and selling tickets. Event hosts will get 20 percent of the box office profit.
    At least 50 tickets must be sold with a maximum 150 tickets.
    Schmelcher said there is a mistaken perception that Gelston Castle is far away and it is not. “The castle is just outside of Mohawk,” he said.
    To get to the mansion at Gelston Castle from Mohawk go on state Route 28 South (up Vickerman Hill) for three miles. At Dennison Corners, turn left onto Robinson Road. Go for three miles and the Gelston Castle Estate parking entrance is on the right.
    “From Utica, it is a 30 minute drive to Gelston Castle, the same time it takes to go to the Turning Stone Casino. From the Mohawk Valley, it is only a matter of minutes to drive to Gelston Castle,” said Schmelcher.
    To get to the estate from Frankfort it takes 12 minutes, 10 minutes from Ilion, seven minutes from Mohawk, 10 minutes from Herkimer, 15 minutes from Little Falls and eight minutes from Richfield Springs, said Schmelcher.
    Those persons or groups interested in hosting a fundraiser or who know someone who would like to should call Schmelcher at 235-9988 or send an email to billschmelcher@yahoo.com.

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