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Angels, model trains featured at New Year’s Eve Salem

December 29, 2011

SALEM - Angels and model trains will be the focus of two of the six venues for New Year's Eve Salem on Saturday.

At 4:30 p.m., the Salem Historical Society will open its doors off of East Alley for a display of angels of every shape and size, with a harp and flute duo known as Angel's Wings performing at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. and a local piano player, Jon Carrion, playing at 7 p.m.

A model train display will chug into the Sugar Tree Alley Depot located inside the Sugar Tree Alley Studio in the back of attorney Fred Naragon's office at 6 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for another venue. The entrance will be from Sugar Tree Alley.

The two displays round out a list of venues which includes rock & roll music at the Kent City Center Auditorium on North Lincoln Avenue, bluegrass and folk music at the Salem Masonic Temple, gospel, hymns and more at the Episcopal Church of our Savior and entertainment for children and families at the Salem Memorial Building, all on East State Street.

New Year's Eve Salem is an alcohol-free event for the whole family, with entertainment and food for all tastes. Ticket prices are $8 and cover all venues, with food a separate cost. All children under 10 years old are free with a paid adult accompanying them.

Admission tickets can be purchased at all local Salem banks, Salem Giant Eagle, the Salem Community Center , the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Salem Historical Society, or at the door the night of the event.

During a previous year, the Salem Historical Society featured bells at the museum to ring in the new year, but this year, they've gathered more than 100 angels for the occasion.

Museum Director David Stratton said over half of the display will come from the extensive angel collection of Carolyn Cleveland, combined with some pieces owned by the museum and some pieces borrowed from other members of the Salem Historical Society and people in the community.

He said some of the angels are large, some are small and some are quite unique.

The display will include photographs of angels manufactured by Mullins of Salem and located all over, including one outside the Stark County Courthouse and one located at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The gift shop will be open and copies of the latest book penned by the late Salem area historian Dale Shaffer will be available for purchase. According to Stratton, gift shop manager Dixie Gordon came up with the idea for the angel theme for this year's display and serves as the angel exhibit director.

The display will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday, with light refreshments available. Stratton said the display will be open again from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Angel's Wings is comprised of harpist Allison Miller of Lisbon and flutist Connie Price of Salem. The duo plays a variety of songs from classical music, Broadway and popular songs and traditional Irish and Scottish music. Both have studied music extensively. Miller has both studied and taught in Scotland and Price has played at various venues in the tri-county area.

For a complete list of the entertainment, menus and ticket information, visit the event website at

Mary Ann Greier can be reached at



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