SALEM -The first Salem International Festival kicks off at 3:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 with Mayor Jerry Wolford presiding over opening ceremonies. The national anthem will be sung by Sara Durham of the Salem Community Theatre.
The ceremonies will be on the main stage located in the southeast corner of the municipal parking lot across from Timberlanes Motor Inn.
The festival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine.
Steve Rouse, vice president of the Salem Retail and Business Association, said people should arrive early and shop in the downtown area.
The Salem Grande parade will highlight the festival and begin at 6 p.m. Saturday forming up on North Union Ave. and moving east on State Street, turning right on North Ellsworth Ave. and disassembling at the Second Street Plaza.
Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Audrey Null said, "I'm hoping we'll have many people downtown before and after the parade."
Dr. Michael Traina will be the master of ceremonies and Councilwoman Rita Joseph O'Leary will be the mistress of ceremonies on the main stage for the entire event.
They will be joined by guest MCs of the nationality being featured in that set.
International dancing, music and at least 10 different nationalities of food will be provided by vendors, more than half local.
The festival will also feature children's games, pony rides, contests, a coloring contest, face painting, and the Salem police will have Ident-a-kits. On Saturday, from 6-11 p.m. there will be teen activities sponsored by the Salem Fun Factory and the Salem Historical Society will run the trolley.
"Nothing will be on stage for more than an hour," according to Ginger Grilli, chairwoman of the event.
The seven stage groups include "A Cinema for Andrea," several high school students who have played at festivals, concerts and private parties. They are a post-grunge punk alternate-rock group.
The Del Sinchak Band from Youngstown has seven releases on the Peppermint Label; and two records, in 1999 and 2005, were nominated for Grammy Awards as Best Polka Album of the year; Group Latino, a Youngstown quintet that performs regularly for the church community including Spanish mass in Salem will perform selections from Mexico, Guatamala, Equador, Chile and other Central American countries; Maidens IV, four sisters from Loudonville will perform Gypsy jazz and Celtic music; Mirella the Musician, a female vocalist, has traveled through the Pittsburgh and tristate area entertaining Italian American audiences.
Sugartree Alley, a Salem-based steel drums and keyboard trio of Fred Naragon, Patty Plummer and Jeanne Wilson, plays "a fusion" of island, rock and roll and country music; the Salem Community Theatre will perform tunes from "Fiddler on the Roof" and other show numbers; Attila Samu and his students will spotlight American favorites including Broadway show numbers and classic American songs.
For more information visit: www.salemohiochamber.org.
Major sponsors include the Salem Retail and Business Association, the UPS Store, the Better Business Bureau, Visiting Angels, Walmart and the Independent Hose Club.
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Festival events
3:50 p.m. Opening ceremonies, National Anthem
4:05 p.m. Sugartree Alley - steel drums
5:10 p.m. Maidens IV - Celtic
6:45 p.m. Del Sinchak Band - Polka
8:25 p.m. Maidens IV - Celtic
10-11 p.m. Del Sinchak Band - Polka
4 p.m. Welcome
4:05 p.m. Salem Community Theatre
4:40 p.m. Groupo Latino - Latin
5:45 p.m. Mirella the Musician - Italian
6 p.m. Salem Grande parade
6:50 p.m. Groupo Latino - Latin
7:55 p.m. Mirella the Musician - Italian
9-11 p.m. A Cinema for Andrea - Alternative rock
Salem Italian Club events
Friday (4 p.m. to midnight)
5 p.m. Steve Fazzini- Italian variety music show
5 p.m. 12th Rocco Mango Bocce tournament
8:30 p.m. "Uptown Saturday Night," rock 'n roll
Contact the Italian Club to pre-register (must) for
the bocce tournament (330-332-5919)
12 p.m. DJ "All Night Long"
2 p.m. Band, "Ruckus"
5 p.m. DJ "All Night Long" Italian songs
6:30 p.m. DJ "All Night Long" variety oldies and Motown
8:30 p.m. Band, "Damaged Goods" until midnight
Food: hot sausage, steak hoagies, fries and more (Two Sisters and Son)
BBQ pulled pork ribs and chicken and more (Smokin' Marty's)
Pasta and meatballs, funnel cakes and fried dough (DeMaiolo's
Italian greens ( Italian American Club)