Ashland Chautauqua looks at WWII

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ASHLAND, Ohio – History comes alive with Ashland Chautauqua 2003: World War II at Home & Abroad, July 2-6.

The event features first person characterizations of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Ernie Pyle and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as a local history presentation.

Prior to the start of the chautauqua, downtown merchants in Ashland and Loudonville will display WWII memorabilia in their windows.

Events start Wednesday. Events begin July 2, with a 10:30 a.m. program at the Loudonville Library. Geared for adults, the program features Tanya Griffith as Eleanor Roosevelt.

At 1 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library, there will be a youth program, Being Young During WWII, with Michael A. Hughes, followed at 3 p.m. by an adult program, Harry Truman and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, with Noel H. Pugach.

The evening program July 2 begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Balloonfest Field.

Following selections by the Ashland Area Community Band, the program will feature An Evening with General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

More on Thursday. Thursday’s events begin at 10 a.m. at Loudonville Riverside Park with a youth program, Eisenhower and His Boys: The men and women of WWII, with Kenneth Hammontree.

At 1 p.m. at Brethren Care Village, Michael Hughes will present Great Journalists of WWII, and at 3 p.m., Noel H. Pugach will present Wars of a Different Kind.

Ashland memories. Evening events begin at 7 p.m., with the Ashland Community Jazz Band, followed at 8 p.m. by Ashland Memories of WWII, compiled and directed by Deleasa Randall-Griffiths.

The performance will be repeated July 4 at 1 p.m. on the Loudonville Central Park stage.

Coffeehouse. Friday events at the Balloonfest Field also start at 1 p.m., with a community coffeehouse, followed by An Afternoon with Corrie Ten Boom at 2 p.m..

Following a second coffeehouse at 3 p.m., the Balloonfest opening ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The evening includes the presentation, An Evening with Harry Truman, at 8 p.m.

Bluegrass. Saturday’s events begin at noon at the Balloonfest field, with a full day of bluegrass performances.

Three programs will be presented. An Afternoon with Meip Geis begins at 2:15 p.m.; The Authentic Story of D-Day, at 5:30 p.m.; and the main production, An Evening with Ernie Pyle, at 8 p.m.

Final day. On Sunday, the chautauqua includes excerpts from Ashland Memories of WWII and panel discussion with director and veterans at 12 p.m. at the Hayesville Opera House.

At 2 p.m. at the Ashland County Historical Museum, an ice cream social will be held.

At the Balloonfest field at 4 p.m. there will be a recital of the voice students of Kay Raplenovich and Linda Jackson.

An Afternoon with Eleanor Roosevelt will conclude the chautauqua at 4:45 p.m. at the field.

All evening performances will feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters as a service to hearing impaired and deaf patrons.

Ashland Chautauqua is held in conjunction with the annual Ashland Balloonfest.

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