Chocolate Stroll Festival Saturday, June 2 – bring your family and friends to the 3rd annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll, offering delicious chocolate, music and first class shopping…
MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group today announced that the 3rd Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors, located inside participating businesses, will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and sale.
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 Eastern Iowa Brass Band at 11 a.m.; and, at 2 p.m., the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet will perform at the Memorial Park Gazebo (311 First St. NW).
New this year is a Children’s Lawn Party that will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park (311 First St. NW, Mount Vernon). Scheduled to perform at the children’s event will be world-champion juggler Doug Sayers as well as Sparkles the Clown, and other chocolate-themed activities such as M&M Bingo and chocolate finger-painting.
Also new this year will be the Chocolate Stroll 5K Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. on the front lawn of the First Street Community Center. Participants are asked to download a registration form at www.visitmvl.com, or register on site from 7 to 8:45 a.m. on the day of the event. Cost for the Run/Walk is $20, $25 day of event.
“The Chocolate Stroll seems to get bigger and bigger each and every year,” said Chocolate Stroll Committee Chair Trude Elliott. “This year we’ve added strolling street performers, a Children’s Lawn Party and a Chocolate 5K Run/Walk – all of which have a chocolate theme. We are inviting everyone to come celebrate music and chocolate and small-town fun with us!”
Noted local and regional chocolate vendors scheduled to take part in the event include The Bakery, Cocoa Bellissimo, Big Creek Market, Chameleon’s, Kup Cakery, Divine Decadents, Fancy Fudje, Fuel, Kalona Chocolate, Mount Vernon Confections, The Perfect Blend, Tassel Ridge Winery, Wright Touch Bakery and many more.
Musicians scheduled to perform as part of the Chocolate Stroll include The Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, the Iowa Goatsinger, Kodiak Flats, Lincoln Highway Band, the Mount Vernon 6th and 7th Grade Band, and more.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band has been invited to perform in the annual Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone, Iowa. The band’s performance will begin at 5pm in the Herman Park Pavilion.
The Iowa Municipal Band Festival was born on a cool summer evening in 1991 when Ted Erickson, a long-time musician and teacher in the Boone school system, and Dave Richardson, then the high school band director, began discussing band festivals after a concert by the Boone Municipal Band. The more they discussed the possibility of a municipal band festival, the more excited they became. Within weeks they had formed a committee of volunteers, all of whom, with one exception, still make up the committee today. The original committee was Dave Richardson, Ted Erickson, Dalene O’Brien, Larry Moeller, Tom Mowen, Marilyn Goeldner and George Eckstein.
Five bands were included in the first Iowa Municipal Band Festival in July of 1992. They were Ames, Hampton, Newton, Marshalltown and Boone. The following year seven bands performed. Since year three, a full slate of eight bands or more bands have entertained the audience at what has now become established as the Iowa Municipal Band Festival. The festival has truly become a state wide festival with 31 communities represented since 1991. The festival has welcomed a band from Zumbrota, Minnesota as well as the Blaskapelle Muhlhausen group from Germany over the last few years as well.
Boone’s Herman Park Pavilion is the ideal setting for the festival. Concerts are held in the pavilion, which was donated to the city of Boone by the Herman family in 1917. The pavilion provides protection for musicians and spectators alike in the event of inclement weather. The Herman Park Pavilion was immortalized in 1994, when Frank Piersol was commissioned to write the “Pavilion March”. Mr. Piersol conducted the premier performance at the 1994 festival. This march has become a favorite of not only the Boone Municipal Band and their fans but has sold well to other bands across the country.
The Iowa Municipal Band Festival has truly become a one-of-a-kind celebration of band music. During this one day each year, musicians representing their communities have an opportunity to perform to a wonderful audience in a non-competitive performance that continues the century old tradition of community band music in Iowa.
Make plans to join us on the second Saturday in July for the annual Iowa Municipal Band Festival!
The lineup for the 21st annual Iowa Municipal Band Festival is now official. We hope you can join us on July 14th at the Herman Park Pavilion to see the following bands take the stage.
11:00 a.m. Heartland Senior Band (Ames)
12:00 p.m. New Horizons Band (Des Moines)
1:00 p.m. Ames Municipal Band
2:00 p.m. Tri-County Community Band
3:00 p.m. Rockwell-Collins Concert Band (Cedar Rapids)
4:00 p.m. Dcamp Family Band (Davenport)
5:00 p.m. Eastern Iowa Brass Band
6:00 p.m. Boone Municipal Band
Please join us as we close our 2011-2012 Subscription Series with a concert in the district auditoruim at Mt. Vernon Middle School. The concert begins at 7:30pm.
This concert will feature the winners of the the band’s inaugural “Young Artists Competition.” These two wonderfully talented local young musicians will perform their winning solos with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Lydia Raim (high school winner) will perform a beautiful euphonium solo entitled, “Song For Ina” by Philip Sparke. Lydia’s gorgeous tone and lyric playing will shine on this commissioned work by Riki McDonnell. Riki presented this piece to a dear friend whose wife, Ina (pr. Eena), had just passed on. It is not intended to be a sad piece, however – more a work of quiet passion in loving memory of a dear friend.
Ben Reid (collegiate winner) will perform a very challenging euphonium solo entitled, “Harlequin” by Philip Sparke. Ben’s technical ability and soaring tone will amaze and inspire the audience. Harlequin was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, euphonium virtuoso David Childs for a CD recording in 2004. The piece takes as its inspiration the happy and sad masks which symbolize the Commedia dell’Arte (which features Harlequin as one of its main characters) and comprises two movements, a slow modal ballad followed by a frenetic faster movement.
Also featured on this concert will be the band’s Musical Director, Kate Wohlman performing on Tuba. Kate will premier the second movement of Barbara York’s Tuba Concerto entitled, “Tranquillo.” Barbara wrote the concerto, subtitled, “Wars and Rumors of War” in 2004 for Michael Fischer and the Boise State University Symphony Orchestra.
The name of the concert, “The Dark Side Of the Moon” is the title of one of the major works the band will perform. Written by composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper, this piece was commissioned by Dr Nicholas Childs and the Black Dyke Band on behalf of Rotary International for the performance at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The Dark Side of the Moon was given its world premier at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on January 27th 2007. The piece is dedicated to the composer’s father, Harry Cooper. The Dark Side of the Moon was selected by the National Contesting Council for the 2008 3rd Section Regional Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
Please join the band for a fabulous evening of music and entertainment and join the band at the reception in the lobby following the concert.
Lydia Raim, a junior at Clear Creek Amana High School, began playing the euphonium in 5th grade and took to it quickly. She is a former band student of Dan Davies, and currently plays with the award winning CCA High School Band, under the direction of John C. Smith. She started private lessons with EIBB’s own Todd Bransky after hearing him play on an EIBB concert, and they quickly connected.
As an 8th grader, Lydia was accepted into SEIBA Honor Band and the All Iowa 8th Grade Band held at the Iowa Bandmasters Association’s annual conference in Des Moines. She is a two year Iowa All-State Euphonium player. She has attended the Northern Iowa Festival of Bands and Iowa State Honor Band Festival (twice with the Gold Band) for the past 3 years and the University of Iowa Honor Band for the past 2 years. She was a finalist this year in the Northern Iowa Scholarship Solo Competition. She is also a two time semifinalist in the Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search. Her favorite solo to play is Weber’s Last Waltz by Rimmer. She loves listening to tuba and euphonium music, especially Steven Mead. She plays a Yamaha 642 and uses a Denis Wick Steven Mead Ultra 3 mouth piece.
Lydia also plays piano and trombone and sings. She plays in the school Jazz Band, sings in choir and jazz choir and leads a girls group called the “Junior Choir”. She has been cast as “Gertrude”, in Seussical the Musical at CCA this spring. She also sings in her church choir and occasionally plays in a brass trio with her sister and father. She is president of her 4-H Club and is co-leader of a Clover Kids Club. She shows cattle and waterfowl and loves to create, whether it is drawing, sewing, or her specialty: painting birdhouse gourds. She has been accepted into the National Honor Society. Her future plans are to become a band director.
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