When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be “retired” with all the dignity and respect befitting as a symbol of our nation. Like a fallen soldier, a flag that is being retired must be handled with reverence and dignity. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean we simply drop the flag into the fire. Instead, the flag, like that fallen soldier, will be properly encased and prepared for cremation and burial.
Don’t miss this awesome ceremony with patriotic music; from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band from Mount Vernon, Iowa . Join Susie Weinacht to a reading of all the names of fallen soldier from Iowa during the war in Afganistan and Iraq.
Due to current weather forecasts, Tonight’s concert will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church! (No need to bring your lawn chairs)
Bring your lawn chairs and join the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for the “Music On Main” summer concert series. Solon, Iowa is hosting the EIBB for a 7pm concert on Wednesday, June 24th.
Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community. Rain location for the concerts will be St. Mary Catholic Church.
Several businesses and organizations have contributed to the 2015 concert series: the City of Solon, the Solon Beef Days Committee, the Solon Women’s Club, Adam Haluska/Edward Jones, Ellison Insurance, Fitzpatrick Chiropractic, the Solon Barbershop, Kathy Hanes, El Sol Mexican Cuisine, Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery, the Solon Economist, Big Grove Brewery, Mottinger Real Estate Group and Bridge Community Bank.
The 6th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 6.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and sale.
Music this year will include performances by the Eastern Iowa Brass Band at 11 a.m; and the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet at 2 p.m.
New this year will be a chocolate baking contest and a special showing of the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
Mount Vernon’s 6th Annual Chocolate Stroll to offer music, children’s events, and, yes, more chocolate
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.
New this year will be two events: 1) A Chocolate Baking Contest open to the public. Bakers are asked to bring their favorite Chocolate Dessert and an entry form to the Old Firestation, 213 1stSt. NW, by 10 a.m. on the day of the event (winners will be announced at 1 p.m.); and 2) A screening of the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at noon at the Bijou Theatre, 123 2nd St. SW. Free will donations will be accepted ($5 suggested donation).
Sponsorships at various levels are still available, and the Chocolate Stroll committee is selling Mini Dark and Milk Chocolate Bars at $5 for 10. And in the spirit of Willy Wonka, two of the hundreds of chocolate bars sold will each have a “Golden Ticket,” which can be redeemed for a $20 gift certificate good at any business in Mount Vernon or Lisbon.
Music this year will begin at 10 a.m. at the First Street Community Center, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon. Music highlights will include the Mount Vernon Middle School Band at 10 a.m.; the Eastern Iowa Brass Band at 11 a.m.; the Live Broadcast band at 12:30 p.m.; and, the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet at 2 p.m.
A Children’s Lawn Party will take place from 10 a.m. to noon; and again from 2 to 4 p.m. (with a break from noon to 2 p.m. to accommodate the movie screening) at Mount Vernon’s Memorial Park, 311 First St. NW, Mount Vernon. The event will include activities such as M&M Bingo, a Cupcake Walk and a balloon artist. Also taking place at Memorial Park will be an Open Mic/Karaoke stage open to the public.
“Mount Vernon is home to several chocolatiers and this event celebrates all of them,” said Chocolate Stroll Committee Chair Sherene Player. “This year’s event will include such specialties as a chocolate beignet truck, chocolate-covered bananas as well as the more traditional chocolate truffles, cupcakes, shortbreads and caramels.”
Local and regional chocolate vendors scheduled to take part in the event include Mount Vernon Confections, Big Creek Emporium, Bon Appetite, Chameleon’s, Fancy Fudje, First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, Forever Chocolate, Dairy Queen, Fuel, Scorz, Skillet, Palisades Café, Perfect Blend Shortbread, Pink Umbrella, Pioli’s, Sweet Dee’s Beignet’s, United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon, Winan’s Chocolate and Coffee, and many more.
Applications for vendors and sponsors are available through the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group’s Web site at www.visitmvl.com.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spring Concert is Saturday, April 25th, 7:30 PM at the Mt Vernon Middle School Auditorium.
The program features six movements of the Scottish highland inspired work, Hymn of the Highlands by Philip Sparke. The movements feature many members of the band including Dennis Modracek, e-flat cornet; Paul Waech, solo cornet; Judy Stine, tenor horn, Ben Reid, baritone horn and Todd Bransky, euphonium. There are places in this work where the ensemble music will send chills up and down your spine with its intensity and emotion.
For the second half of the program, the band plans to sit “big band” style and will feature Neal Hefti’s Cute and a gospel traditional Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus as well as the EIBB Young Artist Competition winners: Harlequin features Benjamin Ostrem, the high school division winner from Montezuma High School and Xylophonia features Collin Smith, the collegiate division winner from Cornell College.
Hope you can come. It is shaping up to be a fun and emotionally moving evening of brass music!