Sulphur Springs Vision Center Eye Clinic and DeHaven Eye Clinic are underwriting the fireworks display following the Independence Day Concert on June 28

Independence Day celebration becomes a 2-day affair

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 18, 2008 - Dust off your red, white and blues and get ready for some Texas rock 'n roll, an evening of patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks show on the Hopkins County Courthouse square, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

The Hopkins County Symphony League has joined with the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Alliance and the city of Sulphur Springs this year to expand the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show from one night to a two-evening event for everyone.

"The Symphony Leauge has always put the event together, sponsored by Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic," said Meredith Caddell, president and chief executive officer of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. "The Adult Leadership class has manned the concession stand, but this is the first time that all of us have joined together to promote what is, in my mind, one of the great events in Sulphur Springs."

One of the goals of the two-day event is to bring tourists to Sulphur Springs. � � � "I'm very excited to be partnering with the Downtown Business Alliance, the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Sulphur Springs Symphony League to bring this event to the square," said Joey Baker, director of tourism for the city. "Our plans are to develop this celebration into an annual Independence Festival."

The Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance is pleased to be part of this year's celebration, too.

"The SSDBA is very excited to partner with Sulphur Springs Tourism Department to host a concert on Friday night as a prelude to the Independence Day Concert," said representative Rita Edwards. "The Beatlegras Concert was such a success we thought this would be the ideal opportunity to host another unique concert on the square."

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. Friday evening, with Freddie Steady Krc (pronouced Kearch) and the Freddy Steady Five providing free entertainment from the stage on the square.

"I've known Freddie for 15 years," said Baker. "He's a wonderful entertainer and I think everyone will enjoy his show."

On Saturday night, the symphony will perform a program of patriotic music, beginning with the traditional march of Hopkins County veterans onto the Courthouse Square at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Hopkins County Commissioners Court will lead the crowd in the pledge to the flag. The concert will be followed by a fireworks show.

"Conductor Douglas Bakenhus has a sensational program for our 17th annual concert," said Judy Laub, president of the Sulphur Springs Symphony League, which sponsors the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra. "It's anchored, as usual, in the patriotic songs we all grew up with, but you'll also hear music produced by great American musicians from Richard Rodgers to Louie 'Satchmo' Armstrong. Doug has even included Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" -- without the cannons, but still a rouser."

Spectators are encouraged to bring their friends, family, out-of-town visitors and, of course, their lawn chairs and join the festivities. Admission to both events is free.

The appearance of the Northeast Texas Symphony is being underwritten by Alliance Bank. Sulphur Springs Vision Center Eye Clinic and DeHaven Eye Clinic are underwriting the fireworks display.

Friday night concert added to annual evening

of patriotic music, fireworks

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Dust off your red, white and blues and get ready for some Texas rock 'n roll, an evening of patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks show on the Hopkins County Courthouse square, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

The Hopkins County Symphony League has joined with the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Alliance and the city of Sulphur Springs this year to expand the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show from one night to a two-evening event for everyone.

"The Symphony Leauge has always put the event together, sponsored by Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic," said Meredith Caddell, president and chief executive officer of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. "The Adult Leadership class has manned the concession stand, but this is the first time that all of us have joined together to promote what is, in my mind, one of the great events in Sulphur Springs."

One of the goals of the two-day event is to bring tourists to Sulphur Springs. � � � "I'm very excited to be partnering with the Downtown Business Alliance, the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Sulphur Springs Symphony League to bring this event to the square," said Joey Baker, director of tourism for the city. "Our plans are to develop this celebration into an annual Independence Festival."

The Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance is pleased to be part of this year's celebration, too.

"The SSDBA is very excited to partner with Sulphur Springs Tourism Department to host a concert on Friday night as a prelude to the Independence Day Concert," said representative Rita Edwards. "The Beatlegras Concert was such a success we thought this would be the ideal opportunity to host another unique concert on the square."

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. Friday evening, with Freddie Steady Krc (pronouced Kearch) and the Freddy Steady Five providing free entertainment from the stage on the square.

"I've known Freddie for 15 years," said Baker. "He's a wonderful entertainer and I think everyone will enjoy his show."

On Saturday night, the symphony will perform a program of patriotic music, beginning with the traditional march of Hopkins County veterans onto the Courthouse Square at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Hopkins County Commissioners Court will lead the crowd in the pledge to the flag. The concert will be followed by a fireworks show.

"Conductor Douglas Bakenhus has a sensational program for our 17th annual concert," said Judy Laub, president of the Sulphur Springs Symphony League, which sponsors the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra. "It's anchored, as usual, in the patriotic songs we all grew up with, but you'll also hear music produced by great American musicians from Richard Rodgers to Louie 'Satchmo' Armstrong. Doug has even included Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" -- without the cannons, but still a rouser."

Spectators are encouraged to bring their friends, family, out-of-town visitors and, of course, their lawn chairs and join the festivities. Admission to both events is free.

The appearance of the Northeast Texas Symphony is being underwritten by Alliance Bank. Sulphur Springs Vision Center Eye Clinic and DeHaven Eye Clinic are underwriting the fireworks display.

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