THE GREAT ALLENTOWN MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION 2018
Honoring those who have fallen, celebrating our veterans who are with us – through traditional Pennsylvania music and art forms. Celebration proceeds to benefit veteran art organizations on Memorial Day weekend Sunday May 27, 2018 and Monday May 28, 2018. Family and veteran friendly music, art and activities at The Historic Allentown Fairgrounds, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of serving as home to Camp Crane, the WWI Ambulance Corps 1917-1919. Recipients of 2018 Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society Fellowships will perform onsite and provide educational workshops and jam sessions for public and area students.
The Society looks forward to ushering in The Summer of 2018 with its Celebration and reminding the general public about The Great Allentown Fair which will close the 2018 summer season and Cedar Crest College’s Mayfair also planned for Memorial Day weekend 2018.
“Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society, an Allentown nonprofit group, said in a release it’s planning Artvana at the Fairgrounds, which it called “a celebration of artistry, music, food and happiness,” that would run Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2017.
“Allentown … has always offered the perfect backdrop for the arts-centric events, fairs and festivals, and 2018 will continue that tradition of great support for the arts,” the release said. The Music Preservation Society said in its release that the fairgrounds “brings with it far more positives than negatives when it comes to a serious festival of the arts — the largest benefit being the weather-proof environment needed in mid-May.”
The Society launched its 2015 founding with “a German-style music festival in Allentown on May 17, 2015 at Maingate adjacent to Allentown Fairgrounds, according to the group’s website.
Headlining the initial event will be Grammy Award-nominated Alex Meixner, a well-known Allentown-based modern polka musician who has played at Bethlehem’s Musikfest and Oktoberfest.
“Spring Fest is a German style festival similar to MaifestÖ, the German festival celebrating the arrival of spring,” the website says. “Bring the whole family and ‘polka on.’ “ John J. Mosser, Morning Call, March 10, 2105.