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Thursday, September 10, 1959   Vol. C741



East Farewell – What happens when you take a town full of summer vacationers, throw in a county or two of farmers waiting on a cow auction, add as many artists as you can find, blend with any number of musical acts and mix them all together for a long Labor Day weekend? You get the 14th Annual Music, Art & Farm Show. The town’s most anticipated summer event kicked off on Thursday evening with the now legendary Main Street Stroll where everyone dons a light jacket or sweater and meanders down Main Street stopping by the local restaurants and bars that had set up al fresco dining and talking along the sidewalks. The mild weather was a pleasant relief from the cold and rain from last week. Many of the restaurants offered special dishes for the event like short rib appetizers from the Lost Oasis or dry rubbed broiled chicken wings from Ben’s On Main. The festivities continued late into the night as more people flowed into town for the holiday weekend. The campground filled quickly throughout Friday and traffic became unusually heavy on Main Street and Lake Shore Drive. On Friday evening the Fairgrounds was full of visitors and the show had a full array of musical groups of different genres. The lead off band was local favorite Jerry Tabor and his swing band. Tabor also served as the MC for the event and was on stage in one capacity or another every day of the show. He would introduce the bands and give announcements. This is the fourth year that he has held the position and has become the de facto face and voice of the music side of the festival.

            The other side of the festival was a Farm Show with the very popular livestock auction that started at 6:30AM in the large main tent on the Fairgrounds. It was a genuine livestock auction and many local farmers attended and bid. There were almost as many spectators as farmers but the auction went on as planned. After the auction the whole group emptied into the fairgrounds where a midway had been setup and local artists, restaurants and farms had set up booths and were selling all kinds of creations, treats and farm fresh items.

            The music started on Saturday at noon with Jerry Tabor introducing country singer, Charlie Green as well as Gus Sloan and his Quintet. The afternoon was turned over to a variety of music from folk and bluegrass to Irish, Greek and other European folk music. The many different ethnic groups that make up the area all were able to enjoy some music from their homeland. In the evening more mainstream popular music took the stage. Jerry’s Swing Band and Gus’s Quintet made reappearances as well as some local youngsters playing rock and roll. One of the favorites, the All Stars, have been around for several years and have built a sizable following in the area. The Blackjacks and Four Best Friends also made appearances. Closing out Saturday evening was the fabulous tenor, Michael Tiller, who sang a beautiful set that just reinforced everyone’s love for his mellow, smooth delivery.

            On Sunday storytellers and comedians took the stage and the evening had repeat performances of local favorites. The bands started to mix together and a lot of informal sets were played. One of the most memorable was Charlie Green teaming up with Michael Tiller to deliver one of the most beautiful versions of “Over the Rainbow” that anyone had ever heard. Monday had the Regional High School Jazz Band take the stage along with different groups from area schools. As evening rolled around the stage was again filled with a mishmash of all the talent in a free for all sing along that included a little of everything and everyone gladly took part., The whole event was finally closed on Monday night with a mass sing along of the now traditional closing song “Goodnight Irene” Things wrapped up about 10:00PM on Monday night and folk headed back to their campsites or rented rooms with a smile on their face and their bellies full of great food.

Jerry Tabor greets the crowds at 1959 Music Fair



Bedford – The Bears sent “Howlin’” Frank Fowler to the mound on Saturday afternoon and that was almost all they needed to do. Fowler befuddled the Travelers with his combination of a blazing fastball, a sinking curve and something he called his “slider” that seems to speed up as it crosses the plate. Along with his trademark howl after each strike the Travelers were left looking at their bats more times than not in the 6-1 loss. The Bears were able to score in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and sixth and one in the seventh. Traveler’s pitcher, Joe Nagy was unusually sloppy and had trouble throwing strikes. He ended up walking a dubious personal record of 9 and the Travelers committed two errors that did not help. The only high spot for the Travelers was when Johnny Cloos connected with one of Fowler’s rare mistakes and drove one out of the park for his 18th homerun.

            “I don’t know what went on out there today,” said manager Sam Fowler (no relation to Howlin’ Frank), “We just couldn’t get in the swing of anything. Fowler was great but we have beat him before, he is only so good. He was very good today but we really stunk. I am going to have a talk the boys and get things straightened out, you can bet on that.”

            The Travelers limped out of Bedford on Saturday night and headed home. They finished their road trip with a very disappointing 4-4 record and have slipped into second place in the standings. Things are not going to get any easier either. They face Corning Glass Works next week and even though they will be home Corning is leading the league in runs scored. Hopefully, the Travelers will get back on track as they send Billy Green to the mound. The game is an evening game and begins at 7:05PM in the ballpark.



Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrived in U.S. and was greeted on his Washington arrival with military pomp by an unsmiling President Eisenhower and a courteous crowd of some 200,000 undemonstrative Americans. Premier Khrushchev said he will unveil a new disarmament proposal when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Premier Khrushchev flared up before an audience of businessmen and threatened to walk out of a dinner meeting of New York’s Economic Club. He was asked a question about Russian jamming of U.S broadcasts and censorship of news dispatches from the Soviet Union. He angrily declared that he came here at the invitation of President Eisenhower and with an agreement not to discuss third parties or the internal affairs of each other’s country. As shouts of protest came from the audience, he said, “If there is no desire to listen to me, I can go. I have come here not to beg anything. I come here as a representative of a great country, a great people who have made a great October revolution

President de Gaulle offered rebellious Algeria a free choice of its political future up to and including secession from France and full independence.

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Published by JD Carroll

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