Hegins hosts 37th Community Day

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HEGINS - Music fans and food lovers alike will have an opportunity to enjoy a day at Hegins Park during the 37th Annual Community Day on Saturday, July 13.

The free event features a slice of American culture - bluegrass, barbershop, pop and patriotism. The festivities highlight talented local musicians and vocalists, Re-Creation's 38th edition, as well as a first-time appearance at Community Day by the Morgan Family from Northumberland County.

Re-Creation has been a staple of entertainment at the park event. The Port Trevorton-based group presents vocal renditions of America's best-loved songs and enlivens the stage with intricate, disciplined dance and choreography, along with glittering costumes.

Re-Creation was founded in 1976 and since that time has performed in all 50 states. Credits include appearances at some of the nation's most prestigious fairs and festivals, at local, regional, state and national corporation banquets and conventions, and at major resort areas. The performers are booked for more than 300 concerts each year.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted to aid Re-Creation in their visits to veterans in VA hospitals across the nation.

"That's the reason we do this, to help Re-Creation get to those veterans in the hospital each year," said Leon Eshelman, of Hegins, who coordinates the annual Community Day event with his wife, Valeria.

Re-Creation members scheduled to perform are: Hillary Boysel, Ephrata, PA; Rebecca Aclin, Bowie, MD; David Reed, Decatur, IL; Carl Vanidour, Detroit, MI; Tirus Twyne, Mt. Carmel, PA; Stephen Downey, Northumberland, PA; Greg Murphy, Milton, PA; and Andrew and Mary Reich, Port Trevorton. Jay Muller serves as director.

Making its Community Day debut, The Morgan Family includes parents, David and Mary; daughters, Maggie, Jessie, and Abbie; son, Henry; and Tim (Uncle Bean) Albright, a family friend. This group has appeared on the Shotgun Red Variety Show in Branson, Mo., the Gratz Fair, the Klingerstown Carnival, Sunbury RiverFest and many Line Mountain Arts Council events. They have also produced a CD, "Roots Run Deep," which includes several pieces composed by Mary Morgan. Daughter Jessie Morgan won a fiddle contest at last year's Bloomsburg Fair.

Entertainers making a return to the Hegins stage this year will be "Achording to Dad", a barbershop quartet featuring Ken Paulhamus, of Central PA and his sons, Brian, Adam and Jeff. "Achording to Dad" is part of the Mid-Atlantic District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Entertainment schedule:

- 3:30 p.m. - Local talent, Emily Kimmel, Jenny Clink, clarinet; Vince Fritz, trombone; Gabrielle Quandel, Robyn Wehry, Kylie Clark, Jared Williams; "Achording to Dad"; Morgan Family ; and Re-Creation

- 5:30 p.m. - More local talent, Nicholas McNally, bagpipe; Bryce McNally, drums; Lexi and Mikaela Tobash, dance; Morgan Family; "Achording to Dad"

- 7:30 p.m. - Re-Creation

Food stands open at 3 p.m., with several local organizations offering a variety of fare. Hegins Fire Co. will be selling chicken BBQ; the Hegins-Valley View Rotary will offer hamburgers and hotdogs; Tri-Valley Lions Club will have french fries; and the Pitman Boy Scouts will be selling soda and ice-cream.

In the event of rain on Saturday, the entire Community Day program will be moved to Tri-Valley High School, Route 25, (Main Street), Hegins.   Re-Creation will attend worship service at Friedens United Church of Christ, Chestnut Street, Hegins, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14 and will offer their musical, sacred program at 1:30 p.m. at the church.


Hegins Park is located off of Route 25 on Park Drive. Although bench seating is provided, visitors may bring lawn chairs to the program.

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