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Got A Date With An Angel: Musical Memories of Meyers Lake Park

From the 1920s to the 1970s, summers in Canton, Ohio meant one thing, Meyers Lake Park. Relive memories of your favorite rides though a prologue of historic film footage accompanied by Jay Spencer at the Kilgen Wonder Organ.

Then step back in time to the heyday of the famous Moonlight Ballroom with Joseph Rubin and His Orchestra. Hear musical memories from The Great American Songbook: “In The Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade” “Too Marvelous for Words,” and more with music by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern.

For the first time in 80 years, this concert will feature the original arrangements of Hal Kemp and his Orchestra. One of the most popular bands of the 1930s and a Canton favorite, Kemp performed at the Moonlight Ballroom four times from 1934 to 1939. Kemp’s records sold in the millions (including “Got A Date With An Angel” with vocalist Skinnay Ennis) and his live appearances drew capacity crowds.

With a swinging 12-piece big band starring vocalist Jay “Skinnay” Spencer, you don’t want to miss this exciting concert tribute to Canton’s gone, but never forgotten amusement park.

Pre-Show Lecture at 6:30 PM: “Meyers Lake Revisited” by Kimberly Kenney, Curator of the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.

Details

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 PM
TICKETS: $25. All seats reserved.
On sale to the public December 10 at 10am

Stark County District Library Author Series: Mike Massimino

Massimino chronicles his journey from a six-foot-three Long Island kid afraid of heights to a two-time veteran of NASA space flights. Followed by Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

About the Book

Mike Massimino’s book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has received rave reviews and is a New York Times best-seller.

About Mike Massimino

A spacewalker on the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mike Massimino and his crews traveled faster (Mach 26) and higher (350 miles) than any other astronauts in the 21st century while increasing the discovery capabilities of arguably the greatest scientific instrument ever built by a factor of 100. During the final Hubble servicing mission, Mike was faced with both success and life-threatening challenges as he performed the most intricate repair ever attempted in space. He also became the first person to tweet from space and currently has over 1.2 million Twitter followers. On his last mission, Mike set a team record for cumulative spacewalking time and became the last person to work inside of the Hubble Space Telescope. He has made numerous television appearances, including a recurring role as himself on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He is featured in acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky’s 2018 series One Strange Rock on the National Geographic Channel, and is the host for Science Channel’s series The Planets and Beyond. He has been a frequent guest on late-night television broadcasts, has hosted educational television programs, and has provided expert commentary on many morning shows and network and cable news programs. He was also featured with his crew in the IMAX film Hubble 3D and has been called “the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role” in the film Gravity.

Details

DOORS OPEN: 5:30 PM
ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

Stark County District Library Author Series: Imbolo Mbue

Award-winning author Imbolo Mbue discusses her book, Behold the Dreamers. Followed by Q & A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

About the Book

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, in the fall of 2007. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Jende’s wife, Neni, temporary work at their summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

About Imbolo Mbue

Imbole Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers, which was the winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, recipient of the 2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into 10 languages, adapted into an opera, and optioned for a movie. A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Imbolo Mbue currently lives in New York City. Read more at imbolombue.com.

Details

DOORS OPEN: 5:30 PM
ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

MajesticVoice Chorus Christmas Music Celebration

The 10th annual “Christmas Music Celebration” featuring the MajesticVoice Chorus and dancers from “A Time To Dance” with special guests: PJ Chavez Band and American Sign Language Group.

Coming to the theatre Saturday, December 15, at 7pm and Tickets Are Available Now! Celebrating 10 years of making Christmas Memories! Holiday classics, heartwarming new melodies, familiar carols, rockin’ band segment and singalong…music the WHOLE family will enjoy!

Details

DOORS OPEN: 6 PM
ADMISSION: $25, all seats reserved. Tickets on sale starting Saturday, September 1 at 10am

Stark County District Library Author Series: Ruth Reichl

New York Times Bestselling author Ruth Reichl discusses her first novel, Delicious!, a story about a family, food, friendship, finding yourself, and history. Q&A and book signing to follow.

About the Book

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

About Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is the author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a cookbook published in September 2015.  She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times (1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor. As co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. In the years that followed, she served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines.

Details

DOORS OPEN: 5:30 PM
ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark County District Library

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