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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


Chautauqua Series welcomes Karen Carpenter program

MOUNT VERNON – Hers was the voice sold over 80 million records and 3 Grammy Awards for hits like “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.” After being called chubby as a teenager, she began dieting. When she slimmed down from 145 to 120 lbs., her friends and family praised her weight loss. It was only after her weight continued to plummet, dropping to a skeletal 90 lbs. in the mid-1970s that they realized her health was in jeopardy. At the time of her death most people were unaware of a condition called anorexia.

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 The late Karen Carpenter

This Thursday, June 29, meet Karen Carpenter as portrayed by Mary Spence. As part of the Chautauqua Series, Elixir Presents with support from the Ariel Foundation bring talented writers, actors and scholars to our community, presenting first person living history. The wide variety of historical people from George Washington to Lucille Ball, Mozart to Jim Morrison, the Chautauqua Series goes beyond the history books and presents as close to the real person as possible to enrich our community. The programs are donation based with all money collected going to the presenters on stage.

Mary Spence is making her Chautauqua debut with her presentation of Karen Carpenter and opening the program will be the acoustic music of Desmond Wall.

The Chautauqua will be presented at [email protected] (101 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon) on Thursday June 29 at 7 PM. Doors open at this first floor theater at 6 PM and Elixir Presents encourages families, home schoolers, those with special needs to come as these programs are family friendly and a good way to meet friends and neighbors for an evening out.


OSU Alumni Marching Band to return to Knox County


MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni will present a “Summer Concert” on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Ariel Foundation Park – Schnormeier Event Center . This concert is a FREE/NO ADMISSION CHARGE event, and will be performed by 60+ members of the OSU Marching Band Alumni. The Center will open at 1 pm for “first-come…firstserve” seating, and the Marching Band Alumni will perform from 2 – 4 pm.

Food service will be available from Ariel Foundation Park food vendors. Velvet ice cream will be provided for a donation to the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County Scholarship Fund. The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni is the largest all brass and percussion alumni band in the United States. The group is comprised of former members of the Ohio State University Marching Band ranging in age from recent graduates to members in their 80’s, and will be
participating in eleven summer concerts and/or parades in 2017 throughout the state of Ohio.

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The OSU Alumni Marching Band - file photo

The admirable reputation and diverse nature of the group has led to participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, a performance tour of Germany, a visit to Osaka, Japan and a trip to Hawaii to entertain US Naval personnel based at Pearl Harbor. The Band performed in the 2015 DDay
Memorial Celebration in Normandy, France. The Band will be performing for the 50th Anniversary tribute for Vietnam War Veterans on Memorial Day 2017 in Hawaii.
Whether marching in a parade, performing a summer concert in the park, or entertaining guests at a wedding, the Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni take great pride in delivering a superb quality musical and marching performance rooted in the style and excellence of the Ohio State University Marching Band, better known in the U.S. as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” (TBDBITL).

This concert is being sponsored by the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County, with co-sponsor support from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, CES Credit Union, and Velvet Ice Cream. Attendees will be encouraged to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund of the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County. For additional information visit facebook.com/osuknoxalumni or osuknoxalumni.alumni.osu.edu.

“As a partner with the Knox County OSU Alumni Club in raising, investing, and awarding scholarship dollars, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County is pleased to co-sponsor events which provide quality family entertainment while supporting the education goals of local students”,
said Sam Barone, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County.


MTVarts actor revives classic Lynde role in Bye Bye Birdie

MOUNT VERNON -- MTVarts, local nonprofit theatre organization, is bringing history to Knox County's Memorial Building Theater by reviving Paul Lynde’s role of Harry MacAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie," portrayed by actor Ian Fraser Ernsberger this July.

Lynde, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, was cast as MacAfee in the Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1960, and then again in the film adaptation released in 1963. This role was arguably the most notable of his career.

“It’s an honor to be playing such an iconic character originally played by the larger-than-life Paul Lynde,” Ernsberger said.

He said he will do his best to channel Lynde’s vibrant stage presence through his own performance. “No one can be Paul Lynde,” Ernsberger said. “There was only one Paul Lynde, but to be able to put my own spin on [the character] he created, while still paying homage to him, is what’s so much fun for me. I hope I do the role the justice it deserves.”

Actress Annika Wolfe, who is playing the role of Kim MacAfee, Ernsberger’s onstage daughter, said she is also excited to be cast in "Bye Bye Birdie."

“I was excited to find out that MTVarts would be putting on 'Bye Bye Birdie' this year because I’ve been a fan of Paul Lynde since I was three years old,” Wolfe said. “I would walk around the house quoting Templeton from 'Charlotte's Web'!”

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Conrad Birdie (Mark Fongheiser) feels the love from the teenage girls in Bye Bye Birdie - photo submitted Westie Productions

Wolfe said she hopes to do her role justice, as a tribute to the original Broadway cast as well.

“I’m very grateful I’m getting the chance this summer to play a role as fun as Kim,” Wolfe said. “I’m hoping to make Kim’s onscreen dad proud!”

Rounding out the cast are: Aaron Moreland (Albert Perterson), Amanda Mayville (Rosie Alvarez), Mark Fongheiser (Conrad Birdie), Megan Evans (Mrs. Doris MacAfee), Bastian Stoneburner (Randolph MacAfee), Susan Moreland (Mae Peterson), Andrew Ruckman (Hugo Peabody), Alex Diehl (Harvey Johnson), Fredi Bockover (Ursala Merkle), Mary Harris (Alice), Megan Bell (Deborah Sue), Leslie Bell (Helen), Emily Waters (Nancy), Maya McDonald (Margie), Lacey Blubaugh (Suzie), Rachel Rinehart (Penelope), Joe Bell (Mayor), Caroline Pletcher (Mayor's Wife), Kerri Mahan (Mrs. Merkle), Kate Ernsberger (Gloria Rasputin), and Rodney Cheek (Maude).

Chorus members include: Kennedy Aikey, Megan Campbell, Isabella Fontaine, Joselyn Bates,  Madison Pisano, Elizabeth Day, Elle Pavao, Lacey Blubaugh, Luna Moreland, Lily Mayville, Caleb McNamara, Chelsea Olms, Leann Berg, Joshua Callahan-Foley, Mark Mahan, Nick Wheeler, Wayne Ellison, Daniel Barich, Deanna Hasty, Kyle Boucher, Abigail Miller, and Ben Moore.

Supporting the cast is Director Bruce Jacklin, Music Director Diane Dingler, Choreographers Katie Delozier and Ashleigh Zarley, Conductor Dane Heuchemer, Accompanist Corey Strinka, Costumer Debbie Hamrick, Wig Mistress Ruth Frady, Master Carpenter Joe Bell, and an extensive production/technical team including , Nick Wheeler, Ryan Severance, Bonnie Pickett, Rodney Cheek, Leah Miller, Megan Evans, Ian Ernsberger, Carrie Hyman, Janis Stone, Scott Swingle, and Carrie Haver.

Show dates for "Bye Bye Birdie" are July 7-16 and tickets may be purchased online at www.MTVarts.com or at First-Knox National Bank.

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. 


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