MOUNT VERNON — What may be the best party in town will take place on Saturday, May 12, as the Knox County Symphony Association holds its fourth annual gala, “A Night in Dixie: A Musical Celebration of Mount Vernon.”
The gala will be held at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 8927 Martinsburg Road. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with music and a complimentary open bar and continues with a gourmet buffet featuring Southern style cuisine and entertainment that lasts until 11 p.m.
The evening will showcase performances and presentations by local talent. The evening’s music includes performances by members of the Knox County Symphony as well as local and historical songs performed by the Heritage Singers. Mary Kepple will lead traditional folk dances from the period. Bill Miller, a master of minstrel banjo, will perform on authentic replicas of 19th century banjoes. He will be joined by Carl Young, a community theater veteran for the past 20 years, who is best known for his portrayal of Dan Emmett.
This festive event will also provide the answer to a question that runs deep in the history of our fair town: “Who really wrote ‘Dixie’?” Howard Sacks, a Kenyon Professor, historian, and local musician, will explain the origin of the Confederate Anthem and how it came to be connected to Mount Vernon.
Another highlight of the evening will be a live auction “conducted” by symphony maestro Dr. Benjamin Locke. The auction, which features items of local and historical interest, helps fund the entertainment and educational mission of the Knox County Symphony.
Individual tickets are available by calling Magic McBride at 427-9134 or Sarah Goslee Reed at 392-4955. Dress for the gala is festive casual.
Published on April 27, 2012