MOUNT VERNON — Ken Hammontree makes his first appearance of the 2012 Chautauqua season at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St. in downtown historic Mount Vernon) on Thursday. Hammontree will portray William Clark, half of the leadership team of the Corps of Discovery. Hammontree portrayed the other half of the leadership tandem, Meriwether Lewis in the 2007.
William Clark was born in Virginia, lived just outside of present day Ohio, in what is now Louisville, Ky., and served as a lieutenant under Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers near present day Toledo. On July 4, 1796, he retired due to poor health, although he was only 26 years old. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis recruited Clark, then age 33, to share command of the newly formed Corps of Discovery, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with Native Americans and establish the sovereignty of the United States. They were to find a waterway from the U.S. to the Pacific Ocean and claim the Oregon territory for the United States before European nations did.
Opening for Clark will be the hosts of the Chautauqua Series, Elixir, presenting their own brand of musical mayhem and fun, this time focusing on the early 1800s plus a song Mike Petee wrote in honor of “The Corps of Discovery.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.
On Feb. 23, Eleanor Roosevelt will be portrayed, as well as a recreation of a 1940’s radio show by the Mount Vernon Players. For more information on this series and the new “Music in America” series, visit www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 392-6102 or 392-3018.
Published on February 8, 2012