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"Many Faces of Old Glory", a musical and patriotic story, tells the history of how we got our flag. Stop by the Performing Arts Tent at Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday morning, Aug. 13, to hear Vane Scott's presentation, which has been proclaimed as the Finest Flag Show in America.
You'll see over 20 strange and downright crazy-looking flags used to tell the paths our flag and country have taken to become what we see today. The magnificent original musical score was written by Eric Benjamin, conductor of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hear facts about our revolution that you never knew before. Ride with Paul Revere at the Battle of Concord, where "the shot heard 'round the world" took place. Relive the legend of Betsy Ross as she cuts a five pointed star with one cut of the scissors. Feel the emotion of Francis Scott Key as he looked through the porthole and saw "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" to write our National Anthem.
All these stories and more will be told by Vane with thrills, humor, and some sadness included. Veterans, educators and patriots everywhere all say, "You'll remember it the rest of your life."
Returning to the festival from Florida for her second year, Suzanne makes one-of-a-kind bracelets, pendants, and earrings. Her precious metal bent wire jewelry uses precious stones, pearls and glass. She's a self taught artist designing with only hand tools...no heat used.
Her business is aptly named On The Spot Jewelry as she makes things in her booth or at her home while you watch. Her jewelry prices range from $20 to $900 depending on the stones that are being used. Stop by and be impressed on the spot.
Since we all have rainy and sunny days in life, Cambridge Singers will be featuring "Come Rain or Come Shine" in their Sunday afternoon performance during the festival. This talented group of singers has the honor of being the oldest continuing operating six part harmony chorus in the state.
Their director, Mary Fran Cassidy, brings out the best from each of the singers. Tom Apel serves as their capable accompanist. Cambridge Singer performances are always filled with sunshine. Costumes for the group bring an extra special touch to their stage presence. They have been blessed to receive grants from the Rotary and Kiwanis Foundations to assist with costumes and music. They're waitin' for the sun to shine on Sunday afternoon.
I grew up about a block from the City Park, and I was allowed to walk to the festival...this was big stuff for me. Our family vacations were planned around the festival. Most kids get to go to Disney, Myrtle, Six Flags for their vacation. My kids got to come to Cambridge to see their grandparents and go to the Salt Fork Festival. I have nothing but the fondest memories of the festival...the sights, the smells, the sounds, the rain, the ridiculous heat, the bees. I love it all.
~Donna Hill, Main Street Director