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Memorial Day streaming event on WFMZ.com

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To access the streaming Memorial Day observance, go to WFMZ.com on Monday, May 25, then click on the link for the event. The link will not be posted until Monday. See below for information about this event. Thank you for being part of  this important community remembrance.

Celebration 2020 canceled

Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society (PAMPS) announced on May 2 that we have cancelled the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend. 

In lieu of the Celebration, the Society is partnering with WFMZ-TV 69, the Lehigh and Northampton County Executives, and the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) to sponsor a community-wide live streaming event on Memorial Day 2020 centered around the nationwide Moment of Remembrance.

There was no responsible choice other than to cancel the Celebration, but we are now able to offer a way to keep Memorial Day from becoming just another day of physical distancing, especially since most parades and ceremonies usually marking the day are also being cancelled.

To that end, PAMPS is working to promote the event with the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, which represents some 190 veterans’ organizations. In announcing the Council’s support, the president of LVMAC, Major General Gerald Still, said, “Our usual programs have been placed on hold due to the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society and others are presenting a Memorial Day program where we can all honor those who have served our country in so many different ways. Memorial Day is a day to remember all those individuals who sacrificed everything. I encourage all Americans to take a few moments on Memorial Day to hear and participate in our streaming program to honor the sacrifices made for all of us.”

Beginning at 2:30 PM, the 40-minute streaming event will encourage residents to go out onto their porches or lawns while maintaining safe distances, or participate from their apartment windows, in order to wave at their neighbors to wish them well, observe the national minute of silence together at 3:00 PM, and listen to “Taps” and sing along with music streaming on their mobile devices. Residents may also want to hold up signs or wave flags during the event.

In addition to patriotic music provided by Lehigh Valley based performers, the program will feature county executives Phillips Armstrong and Lamont McClure Jr. addressing the importance of community connections, and expressing gratitude to nurses and doctors as well as first responders, some of whom are military personnel who have been pressed into service. The names of local healthcare workers and first responders who have died will be read. Then, General Still will pay tribute to our deceased military heroes who gave their lives in service to the country.

We’re hoping you’ll join with us in spreading the word by contacting your own list of email contacts and Facebook and other social media followers, to make them aware of the May 25 event and get them involved.

This will be the perfect way for us to stay connected as a community, without risking our health and safety. We’re sure you will want to be part of this unifying event.

For those of you who purchased PAMPS memberships in 2019 and 2020, we are extending them until after Memorial Day 2021.

Due to the physical distancing required by the coronavirus pandemic, and the closing of schools, all the initiatives we’ve been planning have had to be put on hold. We’ll continue to try to find ways to serve where it is safe and responsible to do so.

PAMPS to Hold Fundraiser at Steel Club

The Steel Club, formerly Silver Creek Country Club in Hellertown, will hold a fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society at some point after the Coronavirus crisis has passed. Proceeds will go to support our admission-free Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

Portion of PAMPS Membership Fee to Support Veterans’ Programs

PAMPS is joining forces with the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) and its member organizations to raise funds and awareness of issues affecting veterans. As part of its efforts, PAMPS is donating $5 of its $25 membership fee to LVMAC.

Want to help? Go to our membership page and sign up to become part of something GREAT.

Dave Fry Chairs PAMPS Education Committee

Award-winning musician Dave Fry is working with PAMPS to create children’s programming as part of the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration, and to establish a visiting music program for area schools.

Fry, who performs in schools and festivals as an adult and children’s musician, has been a Lehigh Valley Music Awards recipient for many years. At this year’s awards ceremony, he was named Outstanding Child Audience Music Performer of 2019, and also received the award for Folk Band/Soloist and College/Community Radio Personality. Fry plays traditional and contemporary folk music on acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. He entertains all ages, building community along the way.

Children’s music and performances will be part of the next Celebration on Family Music Sunday. The day will be dedicated to encouraging emerging young musicians and singers to find their place on the Main Stage, where they will showcase their talent before a live audience. As part of the day’s programming, professional children’s music performers also will be on stage to engage kids and adults alike in an entertaining and informative way.

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“Bob Hope” USO Tribute Show Will Return for the next Music & Arts Celebration

Bob Hope became famous for entertaining America’s troops during four wars from 1941 to 1991. Las Vegas- based Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson will bring the comedian’s trademark rapid-fire wisecracking to life on the PAMPS Main Stage at the Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day.
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Give Yourself & Someone You Know the Gift of Music: A Year-Long PAMPS MEMBERSHIP

A one-year membership in Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society (PAMPS), is the gift that lasts all year not just for you and your family and friends. but also for all those who benefit from the Society’s Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration held every Memorial Day Weekend at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

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