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INSIDE INDIANA: Ed, Charles, Hoodlebug, music ...

by BILL HASTINGS on July 11, 2014 10:54 AM

To whom it may concern —


Edward Parks, a rising opera star and native of Indiana, will return home for a performance in August to benefit the biannual Indiana County Competition for Young Musicians through the Indiana Arts Council.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Indiana Area Senior High School.

Parks is a graduate of Indiana High and earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and master’s from Yale University.

Winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2009-10 season.

Currently, Parks is playing The Count in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in a production by the Central City Opera in Colorado.

During his visit, he will also conduct a master class for select students.

Dr. Stanley Chepaitis is organizing the music program for the concert.

“I am enormously excited to be collaborating with Ed Parks, a superb operatic baritone, on the upcoming concert,” said Chepaitis, Indiana Arts Council board president and chair of strings at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “Ed plans a wonderful evening of operatic favorites and art song.”

Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for general admission and $35 for a VIP ticket that includes reserved seating at a post-concert reception Upstairs at The Coney.

Visit for ticket information. Tickets are also on sale at area businesses including Michael B Shoes, Caf? Amadeus, Smicksburg Pottery and The Artists Hand Gallery.

The Competition for Young Musicians is open to Indiana County residents ages 12 to 18. It “offers monetary awards to outstanding young vocalists, string players, and pianists, as well as valuable audition experience and constructive commentary from professional judges,” according to a news release.

The scholarship auditions are a continuation of a program that was instituted by the former Monday Music Club of Indiana.


Indiana native Charles McAdoo, who now resides in Mount Dora, Fla., northeast of Orlando, is looking for a trumpet he sold long ago, and he’s offering a reward. His parents bought the horn for him when he was in high school decades ago, but he later sold it to the Music House in Indiana.

The instrument has sentimental value, he said, and he’d like to have it again.

McAdoo, the former chief of police in Indiana Borough, tells us he sold the Hickernell Solo brass trumpet — a fairly rare brand — when he lived in Indiana, and he’s hoping someone locally will know what happened to it. His instrument has his name on the bell.

If you have any information, you can call McAdoo at (352) 383-7564.


One of the highlights of this weekend’s activities around the area is the Hoodlebug Festival in Homer City, where a day of fun for the whole family is planned for Sunday.

Events include bingo, $3 swimming at the Homer City pool, a kids’ zone, car cruise, contests and more.

A parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Main Street.

And don’t forget to try some of the food the festival has to offer.

Old-fashioned homemade ice cream and fresh strawberries will be served at a fundraiser for the Harmony Grove Cemetery Association from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Harmony Grove Church near Five Points, Washington Township.

Prices are $5.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 10. Kids younger than age 3 can eat free.

Ice cream, strawberries, angel food cake, small sandwiches and beverages will be available. A basket raffle will also be held.


At Bethel Presbyterian Church, the mission society’s seventh annual antique show is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1470 Bethel Church Road near Aultman.

This year’s theme is Childhood Keepsakes, which will fill the sanctuary “and should be interesting for everyone to see,” said Eleanor Winsheimer, an organizer.

Another aspect of the event is a silent acution for three handcrafted quilts. Signed, sealed bids will be taken the day of the show, and bidding will close at 4 p.m.

The show also features antique tractors and cars, live music and refreshments.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 10 to 17. Proceeds are donated to charity.


If classic cars are more your style, the WyoTech Summer Car Cruise is set from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the administration building parking lot, 500 Innovation Drive, Burrell Township.

There will be music, food, raffles and giveaways.


Music lovers are reminded that Marion Center’s series of concerts in the park kick off tonight with music from Grist for the Mill, who describe their style as back-porch swing.

The concerts, held weekly through Aug. 1, are from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Marion Center Park.

Picnic-style dinners will be for sale, as well as funnel cake and ice cream through the Home Made Ice Cream Express.

The rest of the schedule:

• July 18: After 5, variety of classic rock and country

• July 25: Mark and Sean, variety of oldies and originals

• Aug. 1: 7 Mile Run, country


Regular unleaded gas was selling for $3.85 a gallon today in Indiana, compared to an average of $3.74 statewide and $3.62 nationally. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was the late Israeli leader Golda Meir who said, “Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!”

Good evening!


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