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Chautauqua Series welcomes Johnny Carson

MOUNT VERNON – “Now heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” For 30 years, Ed McMahon, would announce the entrance of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. One of their favorite skits that frequently opened the program involved a mystic, divining the answer to a question written on a card sealed inside one of the envelopes, announcing it to the audience, then tearing open the envelope to reveal the question. The comedy came from an unexpected question following a seemingly straightforward answer. Ed would say, "I hold in my hand the envelopes. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They've been kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes – but you, in your mystical and borderline divine way, will ascertain the answers having never before heard the questions." The longest laugh ever recorded was given to "Sis Boom Bah," which was the answer to "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes."

Carson became the benchmark for all late night hosts to follow. This Thursday, August 17, the Chautauqua Series, in association with the Ariel Foundation welcome Jim Stoner portraying Johnny Carson. Stoner has performed the first person living history Chautauqua several times in the past 10 years and tackles the comedic timing and delivery of one of the most beloved comedians from the golden age of late night entertainment.

The program will be held at [email protected] (101 S. Main Street in historic downtown Mount Vernon) at 7 PM and the cost of the program is by donation, so you already have your ticket. Doors open at this first floor theatre at 6 PM and at 7 PM, Chris Petee will open the program with the music of Rosemary Clooney. Jim Stoner as Johnny Carson will headline and then open the microphones to a question and answer period right after the program.

For more information on this program or upcoming programs in the Chautauqua Series, visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102. If you would like to receive a gentle reminder email on the Sunday before each program, contact Mike Petee at [email protected].

Dollars equal votes in annual Shelter Dog calendar promotion

MOUNT VERNON - Do you ever feel like your vote doesn’t count? During the Dan Emmett Festival in downtown Mount Vernon, you can vote for your favorite shelter dog. In fact, you can buy this election. Vote as often as you like, with your wallet.

The shelter dogs that raise the most money will be featured in the 2018 Knox County Shelter Dog calendar, published by the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter organization. The dog with the highest dollar amount will be featured on the cover. All donations will go toward needed medicine, medical care or supplies for the dogs at the shelter.

Plenty of qualified candidates will be available to choose from: German Shepherd, Coonhound, even a Beagle, and no doubt a mixed breed or two as well.

Look for the shelter booth outside 121 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, during the Festival, August 10-13, 2017 and come cast your votes.

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Shelter dogs, L to R, Amber, Sludge, Chip and Leo - photos submitted



Former Centerburg resident to portray Horton in Seussical the Musical

CENTERBURG - Seussical the Musical, the summer musical production of the Madison County Arts Council in London, Ohio, will feature Centerburg graduate Paul Oswalt as Horton the Elephant. Performances will be Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Joyce Hildebrand Auditorium in the London High School.

Tickets will be sold only at the door.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

For information, call 740-625-5856.

Free Yoga, Tai-Chi, Zumba classes this summer at park

MOUNT VERNON – Foundation Park Conservancy is offering a variety of free physical fitness activities at the park this summer, including tai chi, yoga, and Zumba®. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Knox County Health Department, Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.

“We’re so excited to offer these great activities, free at the park this summer, thanks to our marvelous sponsors,” said park executive director Carrie A. Haver. “For anyone who has wanted to be more active, wanted to try one of these classes, now is the perfect time. What better place than the serene setting of the park while being in the shade offered by Schnormeier Event Center? Get involved in these wonderful physical activities that have a variety of mental and spiritual health benefits as well. And bring a friend!”

Tai chi will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and led by Marshall Winkle, starting June 19. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Yoga will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting June 20 and going through August 30. Participants will need to bring a mat. Tuesday’s sessions will be led by Hot Yoga Escape and Wednesday’s sessions will be led by Shakti Fit. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Zumba® is offered on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., starting on June 1, led by Amber Hawkins. Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.

Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages. 


OSU Alumni Band performs for scholarship fundraiser

MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State University Alumni Band performed for the annual OSU Alumni Club of Knox County scholarship fundraiser at Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center Sunday afternoon. The alumni band wrapped up their performance with the Armed Forces Medley and Le Regiment, the music the OSU Marching Band performs during the infamous Script Ohio.  

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OSU Band drum major John Lavange of Warren leads fans through Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center as the alumni band plays the music for Script Ohio, Robert Planquette’s "Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse. KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese


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