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Liberty Celebration seeking new recruits

April 23rd, 2014 9:17 am by Jessica Fischer

Liberty Celebration seeking new recruits

Spring has just sprung, but organizers of Kingsport's biennial Liberty Celebration already are looking ahead to the patriotic musical extravaganza's return in June.

To get folks excited about Liberty Celebration 2014 — and hopefully recruit new participants for the show's adult choir — a free kick-off breakfast will be offered at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26 at Kingsport Community Church, on Memorial Boulevard across from the Kingsport Town Center.

It will be a time for past performers to get together and for those unfamiliar with Liberty Celebration to see just what all the fuss is about.

"It's all local volunteers, which is a pretty unique thing to do," said Jim Austin, who handles publicity for the event. "Not many communities can bring something together like this."

Liberty Celebration commemorates the patriotism and heroics of America's founders and defenders, while acknowledging the country's Christian heritage and guiding principles. This biennial celebration of America's Independence Day has been a mainstay in Kingsport since the year 2000. It features adult and children choirs, an orchestra, soloists, dance groups, dramatic presentations and a strong military emphasis with recognition of America's service men and women.

"People just like patriotic music," Austin said. "It just gets your enthusiasm going for what happened to our country a long time ago. It's just got the beat and the lyrics and the melody to it that really inspires people."

Plans are well under way for the 2014 event, the theme of which is "In God We Trust." Adults interested in joining the choir are asked to attend Saturday's breakfast, which will feature a preview of the music for Liberty Celebration 2014, to be held at 7:30 p.m., June 27 and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., June 28 at Eastman's Toy F. Reid Employee Center.

Admission to this year's concerts will be $5 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the planned expansion of the Kingsport Veterans Park and Memorial.

"One of our main goals this time is to help with the Veterans Memorial Park expansion," Austin said. "I think they need $150,000 just to get started. The money we raise for them will probably be just a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps."

Adult rehearsals will be held at 9 a.m., Saturdays and at 7 p.m., Mondays at Kingsport Community Church. Children's choir participants will have their first meeting and practice at 9 a.m., May 10 at Kingsport Community Church.

The cost to participate is $10 and includes a Liberty Celebration T-shirt.

Registration forms, practice schedules and other information about the event can be found online at www.libertycelebration.com or by calling (423) 239-9415 or (423) 276-1276.

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