Kathy Zamniak was walking through Veterans Memorial Park in May when she got the idea for her next benefit show.
"The memorial stones were very worn," she said. "Some of them, you can't even read the names anymore."
To support the Auburn park, Zamniak's Rhythm in Motion dance studio will present "Goin' to a Go-Go" this weekend at Auburn Public Theater. The show will pair live performances of '60s hits with choreography by Zamniak and her dancers. Though the downtown theater was already booked for Veterans Day on Saturday, Zamniak said, she scheduled the park benefit for Friday and Sunday.
A band consisting of Mettis Jacobs on bass, Dave Kuykendall on guitar and Jim Bianchi on drums will play a go-go soundtrack that includes "Be My Baby," "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Wild Thing," Zamniak said. Joining them will be singers Diana Jacobs, Anne Adessa, Robin Munn and Julie Howard. While the band has been rehearsing the show since August, Zamniak continued, she and dancers Fiona Chisholm, Anna Post and Ann Sullivan have been rehearsing their routines since June. Also entertaining at the weekend shows will be emcee Jack Hardy.
Audiences who feel like dancing are encouraged to get out of their seats and do so, Zamniak said.
"They're going to know the songs and we want to feel their energy," she said. "That makes us feel like they're feeling our energy."
Zamniak thanked Auburn Public Theater for hosting the show, as well as First Love Ministries for hosting its rehearsals. The latter has been one beneficiary of Zamniak's shows, which she has been organizing in the Auburn area since the 1990s, she said. Others have included Calvary Food Pantry and the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY.
"It's important to help if you can, to help out the community," she said. "I've got a gift I like to share."