Knox Squares Honors Paul Lynde
He owned the “center square” on the popular TV game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981. So what better way for his hometown of Mount Vernon to honor Paul Lynde, well known actor and comedian, than with its own version of the show. That’s exactly what will take place on Wednesday, June 18, at 7:00, at the Memorial Theater. Knox Squares will provide family entertainment, as eleven local personalities portray historical characters, and recreate the game show like it has never been played before. Imagine Paul Lynde (Jim Stoner) in the center square, Mark Twain (Ken Barnett) as the game show host, W.C. Fields (Greg Patterson), Lizzie Borden (Tammy Souhrada), Wild Bill Hickok (Mike Petee), Minnie Pearl (Chris Petee), Erma Bombeck (Susan Kahrl), Janis Joplin (Amy Stoner), Orville Wright (Joe Bell), Anne Sullivan (Marty Bell) and Helen Keller (Megan Bell), all on one stage, participating in a wild & crazy game of tic-tac-toe. And to host the GOBA (Great Ohio Bike Adventure) participants residing in Mount Vernon that day, four randomly picked GOBA members will be the game contestants. Two games will be played, and the winner of each game will compete in a third game, resulting in the championof Knox Squares. Admission to this unique event is $3, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. Doors open at 6:30.
Special Chautauqua Event - Paul Lynde
And Mount Vernon will continue to honor the local celebrity on Thursday, June 19, at ThePlace@TheWoodward, starting at 7:00. A special Chautauqua series event will have Jim Stoner return from that center square, and portray Paul Lynde, in a first person, historical presentation. Jim will depict Paul Lynde as if Paul is actually on stage, revealing a life’s story as only he could tell. Like all Chautauqua performances, admission is on a donation basis.
The Chautauqua Beatles To Perform At GOBA Event
The Chautauqua Beatles will be presenting their popular Beatles concert presentation for the GOBA event on the public square in downtown Mount Vernon on Thursday June 19 from 7:30 to 9 PM.
The group evolved from the only year round Chautauqua Series in the United States, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. This band of seasoned musicians consists of Desmond Wall on guitar and vocals, Roy Rush on lead guitar, Bill Miller on drums, and Mike Petee on left handed bass and vocals. They will bring to life the experience of seeing and hearing the Beatles in concert.
As opposed to tribute bands who show the group in different phases of their career with varying costumes, this group takes on a “What If” format. What if the Beatles would have held a reunion concert? What if they decided to do one more live concert? What would they sound like and what songs from their extensive career would they play? Come to this event, open to the public, and find out for yourself.
Desmond, Roy, Bill, and Mike, have performed over 40 Beatles songs over the past several years throughout the state of Ohio, especially at the annual Food for the Hungry Benefit Concert to assist the needy of Knox County. The group has researched the Beatles extensively to best represent the equipment, positioning of chords played, and amplifier sounds to faithfully reproduce the songs they perform live.
Some of the Beatle favorites you’ll hear Thursday night are “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something” and “With a Little Help From My Friends”. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy a unique rock ’n roll experience. Close your eyes, open your ears, and experience what it might have sounded like; if the Beatles would have re-united years ago.
For more information on these events, contact the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, (740)392-6102.