Mount Vernon – What can be said of the Lady with the hats, the one woman dynamo who did more for this community then anyone you can name? In 1951, Zelkowitz became a pioneer and role model for women in communications when she launched Mount Vernon radio station WMVO-FM. Two years later, she started WMVO-AM. In 1971, Zelkowitz participated in the formation of Mount Vernon Cablevision. As the host of her own radio program, "Over the Coffee Cup," she provided an intimate daily portrait of Knox County life for more than forty years. Zelkowitz chaired the boards of WMVO and the Cablevision companies until her family sold them in 1996. An alumna of Ohio State University, she was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.
As we present our second to last program in the 7th season of Chautauqua’s, Amy K. Stoner will present a first person presentation as Helen Zelkowitz. Amy did a shortened version of the program at the 2012 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Chautauqua Night and it packed the house. If you missed that performance, see Amy reprise and expand her presentation at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street, a first floor facility in downtown Mount Vernon) on Thursday November 7th at 7 PM. Doors open at 6 PM. These programs are presented by your good friends, the members of Elixir and are supported in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Charities/Civic Committee. The cost is donation and as the series organizers like to say, you already have your ticket.
The last program for the 2013 season will be Burl Ives [Dayne Baughman] on November 21. The 2014 season will be unveiled at the Helen Zelkowitz program. Don’t forget to come and enjoy a Chautauqua Concert – FOODSTOCK KNOX COUNTY – at the Memorial Theater on November 26th at 7 PM featuring the Chautauqua Beatles, the Doors, Buddy Holly and the Crickets singing and playing and special appearances by Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and others. The program is a loving effort to raise money and food for the needy of the community in partnership with Food For The Hungry. For information about the Chautauqua’s and the benefit concert visit www.elixirpresents.com and suggested items to donate for the needy visit www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.