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Delavan prepares for Celebration of Freedom

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 9, 2012
— Think of it as a five-day Fourth of July celebration.

From Wednesday, June 13, through Sunday, June 17, the city and town of Delavan along with the Community Park friends group are hosting “A Celebration of Freedom.”


Here are five things you need to know about the event.


1. Front and center: The event centerpiece is an indoor tribute to soldiers, firefighters, police officers and others who died serving their country. It includes a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, tributes to other wars and a tribute to those who died on 9/11. The display will be set up in the Community Park pavilion, Delavan Township.

“I thought this would be a really cool idea, a way to show that we appreciated the veterans,” said Chris Marsicano, a member of the Community Park friends group.


2. Everyday honors: Event organizers worked with local veterans groups and others to create supporting events for the exhibit.

“This is the only place in southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois where this exhibit will be this summer,” Marsicano said. “We really wanted to make it a special event.


Each day the exhibit will open with a color guard and wreath laying and end with the retiring of colors. Friday’s theme is a salute to police and firefighters; Saturday’s theme is Flag Day, and Sunday will feature a salute to the armed forces.


Sunday’s events include a Vietnam remembrance presentation, a wall touching ceremony, a rifle squad and “Echo Taps” at the end of the day.


Food and beer vendors will be in the park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


3. Downtown connections and fun: The committee worked with businesses and city officials to create additional events in downtown Delavan.

“We really wanted to bring people to the Delavan area to show them what we have,” Marsicano said.


Highlights include a flea market, craft show, sidewalk sales and a children’s bicycle decorating workshop at Aram Library followed by a bicycle parade.


Military re-enactors representing a variety of wars will do demonstrations on Friday and Saturday in Phoenix Park.


4. Musical reenactment: Ladies Must Swing, a swing band that plays music from the World War II era, will play at the band shell Friday night.

Also on Saturday, Colonel Webb’s Band of Musick, a re-created “officer’s band” from the Revolutionary War era, will play military marches, concert pieces and dance tunes. This is not the kind of group that marched with the soldiers. Rather, this was the kind of group that played for officers’ entertainment.


Other musical entertainment includes the Dixie Doodles and the Blackwater Band.


5. Community support: All of the events are free with the exception of the Stars and Stripes Dance at the Lake Lawn Resort on Saturday night. The evening includes appetizers at 6 p.m. and dance at 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held during the evening. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Local donors make the remainder of the events possible.


“The outpouring from the community has been just tremendous,” Marsicano said.


CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM SCHEDULE

The city and town of Delavan along with the Community Park friends group are hosting “A Celebration of Freedom.” Here is a schedule of events:


Wednesday, June 13


-- 4 p.m.: Honor Escort Parade from Delavan-Darien High School, through downtown and out Highway 50/Geneva Street to Community Park in Delavan Township.


Thursday, June 14


Community Park


-- Noon: Exhibit opens


-- 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony


-- 8 p.m.: Retiring of colors


-- 9 p.m.: Exhibit closes


Downtown Delavan


-- 3-7 p.m.: Fresh market


Friday, June 15


The day is a salute to police and firefighters.


Community Park


-- 9 a.m.: Color guard and wreath laying


-- 9 a.m.: Exhibit opens


-- 4-6 p.m.: WLKG live radio remote


-- 8 p.m. Retiring of colors


-- 9 p.m. Exhibit closes


Downtown Delavan


-- 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Flea market, craft fair, sidewalk sales.


-- 1 p.m.: Kids’ bicycle decorating workshop, Aram Public Library.


-- 3 p.m.: Kids’ bicycle parade from Aram Public Library to Phoenix Park Band shell


-- 3:30-6 p.m.: Military re-enactors, Phoenix Park.


-- 3:30 p.m.: Blackwater Band, 3rd Street stage.


-- 7 p.m. “Ladies Must Swing” band, Phoenix Park.


Saturday, June 16


The day is a salute to Flag Day.


Community Park


-- 9 a.m.: Color guard/wreath laying


-- 9 a.m.: Exhibit opens


-- 10 a.m.: Elks’ Flag Day ceremony


-- 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Food vendors and beer garden open


-- 4 p.m. “Echo,” the singing bird from Dancing Horses Theatre, as seen on “America’s Got Talent.”


-- 5:30 p.m.: Retiring of colors


-- 9 p.m.: Exhibit closes


Downtown Delavan


-- 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Flea market, craft fair, sidewalk sales.


-- 10-5 p.m. Military re-enactors, Phoenix Park,


-- 11 a.m.: Colonel Webb's Band of Musick, Phoenix Park.


-- 10 a.m.: Frank Landi program on “Historic Downtown Delavan,” Aram Public Library.


-- 11 a.m.: Colonel Webb's Band of Musick, Phoenix Park.


-- 1 p.m.: Colonel Webb's Band of Musick, Phoenix Park.


-- 3 p.m.: “Dixie Doodlers” band, Phoenix Park.


Lake Lawn Resort


-- 6 p.m.: Star and Stripes Dance. Cocktails and dance with Jack Farina Big Band with a special salute to the military. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The price includes hor d’oeuvres and entertainment. The event will also feature a silent auction. Cocktails and cash bar starts at 6 p.m., dance at 7 p.m.


Tickets are available at Delavan Chamber of Commerce, Bradley’s Village Supper Club, Community Bank Delavan, Walworth County’s Visitors’ Bureau and Walworth State Bank.


Sunday, June 17


The day is a salute to the armed forces.


Community Park


-- 9 a.m.: Reveille/wreath laying


-- 9 a.m.: Exhibit opens


-- 10 a.m.: Vietnam remembrance presentation


-- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Military equipment display


-- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Food vendors and beer garden open


-- Noon: Wall touching ceremony


-- 1 p.m.: 484th Army Band


-- 2:30 p.m.: Closing ceremony including retiring of colors


-- Legion rifle squad, echo taps


-- 3 p.m.: Exhibit closes



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