Freedom Fest 2017 Patriotic Sing
The Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing is celebrating its twenty-ninth year of having the children of our community sing the songs of our country. Over the years, the Sing has had various identities. Around the turn of the twentieth century, children of Morgan Hill would gather the eve of each 4th of July and sing Patriotic Songs.
In 1989, two Morgan Hill residents, Dr. Ronald Mackley and Hal Hendrickson, decided to return to that tradition. The Sing returned, as a way to teach the treasured songs of our country to our community’s children. And, on its return, the Sing was held on the eve of the 4th of July and continues so today.
Soon the chorus members knew the words to our traditional songs and once again, the Sing reinvented itself. During the past several years, the Sing has become a way for our community’s children to understand and honor the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces members. Over the past twenty-eight years, I have had the gift of watching the evolution of the Sing. We now have second-generation chorus members!
In 2015, the Sing changed once again. We moved our performance to the Morgan Hill Community Cultural Center Amphitheater. Families and friends enjoyed our new venue. It was the perfect place to celebrate a home-town 4th of July. This year, we will return to the CCC on Sunday, July 3rd, at 6 p.m.
Freedom Fest’s Theme this year is “America, My Home Sweet Home”. In March, children in our community will be invited to enter an essay contest about that topic. Please be watching our website for more information and important dates.
Members of our chorus participate in various community service projects. At each rehearsal, children are encouraged to bring items to be donated to our deployed soldiers. With the support of the Blue Star Moms, our donations of batteries, socks, and other items on the soldier’s wish list, are delivered in “Care Packages” to deployed soldiers. At the Sing, members of our audience and chorus are encouraged to write a note of encouragement to our deployed soldiers. During the year, we also sing at Morgan Hill’s annual Veterans’ and Memorial Day Ceremonies.
Local children are invited to join our chorus, there are no fees involved. Freedom Fest’s children’s activities cost over $3,000 annually. We welcome all financial support. You will find information on sponsorships and donations on this website.
We will have five rehearsals prior to our performance. We will begin our rehearsals in May. Again, please be watching our website for rehearsal times and dates.
Please join us at this year’s Patriotic Sing. Plan to rekindle your patriotism as you listen to the songs of “America, Our Home Sweet Home.” We hope you enjoy this year’s Sing. Here, you’ll see the faces of our future. Those faces show respect, enthusiasm, pride, and a spirit of patriotism as we sing the songs of America and honor those who serve.
Karen Ann Crane
Patriotic Sing and Children’s Essay Contest Chairperson