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CIVIL WAR SOLDIER TO TELL HIS STORY
MOUNT VERNON – What was life like for the average soldier during the Civil War? Ken Hammontree will present life on the front lines as a member of the 87th Pennsylvania, Jack Skelly. Why this particular soldier? Ken wrote a book about the interesting story of Jack Skelly, Jennie Wade and their childhood friend Robert Culp. The three friends were from Gettysburg, Culp decided to fight for the Confederacy, Jack became engaged to Jennie and joined the Union cause, and was mortally wounded at the battle of Winchester. As he lay dying, amazingly, Culp saw him and promised to deliver Jack’s last letter he had written to Jennie in Gettysburg. However, Robert before he could deliver the letter, Culp was killed on the Gettysburg property of his uncle, Culp’s Hill. Jennie died of a stray bullet at Gettysburg and ironically, Jack, the first of the three to be wounded was the last of the three to die.
Ken will tell the story in his first person living history Chautauqua presentation on Thursday January 29 at ThePlace@TheWoodward [120 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio]. Doors open for this donation based program at 6 PM and the presentation starts at 7 PM. Elixir, sponsors of the series, will present their own brand of music and merriment and the feature performance will follow at 7:45 PM with a question and answer period immediately at the end.
ThePlace@TheWoodward is a first floor facility and accessible to those with special needs such as walkers, wheel chairs and strollers and the programs are rated G, families and children are encouraged to come to enhance their understanding of history.
For more information on upcoming programs in the Chautauqua/Lyceum Series, now in its 9th season, visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102.
9th Season of Chautauqua Series kicks off with John Brown January 15 at 120 S. Main Street [new location of ThePlace@TheWoodward across the street from the old location]
Abolitionist John Brown Kicks off Chautauqua’s 9th Season
MOUNT VERNON – Abolitionist? Terrorist? Religious zealot? Fanatic? What exactly is the best term to describe John Brown, who spent considerable time in the Akron and Kent, Ohio areas? No matter what your stance, he certainly helped ignite the Civil War. As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War concludes this year, the Chautauqua Series is happy to kick off their 9th season with a first person portrayal of John Brown on Thursday January 15 at 7 PM at ThePlace@TheWoodward in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio.
So what is a Chautauqua? As we use the term now, it means someone who has spent time doing extensive research on the life and times of an individual and tries their best to portray that person as truthfully and as honestly has they can. No matter what the history books tell us, these portrayers give us the fully realized person not just the image painted about them.
Knox County is home to the only year round Chautauqua Series in the United States and brought to you on a donation basis by the members of the musical group Elixir. Supported in part by the Ariel Foundation for rental of ThePlace@TheWoodward, all donations then go to the portrayers and the opening performers who help set up the mood of the Chautauqua character. This year the season includes 26 programs, presented on various Thursday’s throughout the year. For information and a listing of the program visit www.elixirpresents.com or www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102.
The first program featuring John Brown and the musical talents of Owl Creek will be held at the new location for ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main Street across the street from its old location [closed to continue the refurbishing of the Woodward Opera House complex]. Doors open at 6 PM, Owl Creek plays at 7 PM and John Brown at 7:45 with a Q&A with the audiences at the conclusion of the performance.
Upcoming shows include: JANUARY 29 – Civil War Soldier [Ken Hammontree], FEBRUARY 12 – Princess Diana [Amy K. Stoner], FEBRUARY 26 – Jennie Wade [Rachel Ball], MARCH 12 - George Burns Greg Patterson] , MARCH 26 – Dom DeLuise [Aaron Pauley], APRIL 2 – Press Conference with Abraham Lincoln & Jefferson Davis [Robert Brugler & David Walker], APRIL 30 – Harriet Beecher Stowe [Susan Kahrl, MAY 14 - Elizabeth Montgomery [Hope Dial], MAY 28 – Cy Young [Christopher Hart] JUNE 11 –Andy Griffith [Ken Barnett].
9th Season to Start January 15th at new location, across the street from old location, 120 S. Main Street - next door to The Alcove
(9th Season)2015 Schedule
All Productions are on a DONATION BASIS on THURSDAYS at 7 PM at ThePlace@TheWoodward (120 S. Main St., Mt. Vernon
JANUARY 15 – John Brown [Mike Petee] - Abolitionist, Terrorist, God’s Warrior?
Music – Owl Creek [gifted singer/songwriter/musicians]
JANUARY 29 – Civil War Soldier [Ken Hammontree] Gettysburg native Jack Kelly.
Music – Steve Ball
FEBRUARY 12 – Princess Diana [Amy K. Stoner] Princess of Wales, died in car crash.
Music – TBA
FEBRUARY 26 – Jennie Wade [Rachel Ball] Only civilian killed at Gettysburg.
Music – Elixir
MARCH 12 - George Burns Greg Patterson] comedian, actor, writer, icon of humor.
Music – Radio Show
MARCH 26 – Dom DeLuise [Aaron Pauley] – comedian, chef, author, director.
Music – Harmony Brothers
APRIL 2 – Press Conference with Abraham Lincoln & Jefferson Davis [Robert Brugler & David Walker] What if the 2 presidents shared a joint press conference?
Music – Elixir
APRIL 16 – Ethel Waters [Dr. Annette Jefferson] Emmy & Academy Award nominee, jazz and Gospel singer, Grammy Hall of Fame Winner.
Music – The McManaways
APRIL 23 – Clement Vallandigham
APRIL 30 – Harriet Beecher Stowe [Susan Kahrl] Writer of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Music – Noah Shull
MAY 14 - Elizabeth Montgomery [Hope Dial] - star of “Bewitched” 1960’s sit-com.
Music – TBA
MAY 28 – Cy Young [Christopher Hart] - incredible Ohio Baseball pitcher.
Opener - Elixir
JUNE 11 –Andy Griffith [Ken Barnett] Singer, guitarist, actor, Grammy Award winner.
Music – Owl Creek
JUNE 25 – Pocahontas [Amy K. Stoner] – Early Virginia Native American.
Music – Bob ford
JULY 2 – John Adams [Greg Patterson] - Founding Father, Abigail’s husband.
Music – Pocketful o’Gimmick
JULY 14 – Howard Hughes [a.k.a. Jim Stoner] aviator, movie mogul, recluse.
Music – Desmond Wall
JULY 30 – Oskar Schindler [a.k.a. Ken Hammontree] man behind Schlinder’s List.
Music – Marian Funk
AUGUST 6 – The Donner Party and the Mount Vernon, Ohio connection-[Lyceum with Mike Petee] – find out what part Mount Vernon had in Donner Party tragedy.
Music – Bob Ford
AUGUST 20 – Frank Lloyd Wright [a.k.a. Dayne Baughman] – amazing Architect.
Opener – Joe Rollin Porter
AUGUST 27 – President George Washington [a.k.a. Ken Hammontree] – Our 1st President or was he? Hear the words of this true American Patriot.
Music – Tim Noble
SEPTEMBER 10 – Clark Gable (a.k.a. Jim Stoner] – actor, born in Cadiz, Ohio.
Opener - Radio Show
SEPTEMBER 24 – Swinging with the Saints [a.k.a. Raylene Hlavaty] – a series of Christian music through the ages, their history and performance of the songs.
OCTOBER 15 – Coretta Scott King [a.k.a. Dr. Annette Jefferson] wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., activist and Civil Rights Leader.
Music – Desmond, Mike & Chris [the music of Peter, Paul and Mary]
OCTOBER 29 – Jim Bowsher – tells History through the objects that were there.
NOVEMBER 4 – Ethel Merman [a.k.a Jenny Casner] actress and wow, what a voice.
Opener – Lowell Borcher
NOVEMBER 19– Mae West [a.k.a. Allison Stepp-Baughman] – actress, playwright, screenplay writer, whose career spanned seven decades.
Music – Desmond Wall
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS (subject to changes)check the following sources for latest information:
Visit www.elixirpresents.com or www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call the Knox County Visitor’s Bureau at 740-392-6102.
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