Morgan Hill 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
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Welcome to the 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.

HISTORY

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.

LOCATION

Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater Community & Cultural Center

17000 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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.

Rehearsal Dates and Times

Children must attend four rehearsals.  Because we need T-shirt sizes, children must attend one of the first two rehearsals.  Parents should remain with the children during rehearsals.

Tuesdays

May 30, June 6, and June 13– 6:30 to 8 p.m. Britton Gym

Tuesdays

June 20, 27, – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Morgan Hill Amphitheater (Corner of Dunne and Monterey)

Sunday

July 2 – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Morgan Hill Amphitheater

Monday

JULY 3RD: 29TH ANNUAL PATRIOTIC SING 6 TO 7 p.m. Morgan Hill Amphitheater

Download the Rehearsal Note Flyer

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.

FREEDOM FEST ESSAY CONTEST

This year’s Freedom Fest Theme, “American’s National Parks: 100 Years and Counting . . .” offered our community’s young authors a chance to research America’s treasured National Parks, Historical Sites, and Historical Monuments.

In March, students in Morgan Hill’s public and private schools were encouraged to enter our Freedom Fest Essay Contest. Our Topic?  “If you could take a trip to any of America’s National Monuments, Historic Sites, or National Parks, where would you go and why?”

346 students began choosing, researching, and writing about a myriad of different places. Our entries highlighted the wealth of America’s parks, national monuments, and historic sites available to us.  Children wrote about traveling to places they had only read about in books or seen on TV.  Youngsters wrote and submitted essays about travelling to places like Arlington National Cemetery, Pearl Harbor, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the 9/11 Memorial, Alcatraz, and Muir Woods, to name a few.

In April, our team of dedicated judges had the difficult task of choosing winners in our two divisions: Children in 2nd and 3rd Grades (Primary) and Children in Grades 4th and 5th (Intermediate).

As the chairperson of this contest, I am so fortunate to be able to read each and every one of our essays. It has been my gift to be able to see the world through the eyes of a child. Students realize the importance of our national treasures and many understand the concept that they are the ones who will be responsible to maintain and protect our environment and our historic sites.

Every public school was represented in our essay entries.  Walsh S.T.E.A.M. Academy submitted the largest number of entries with Nordstrom a close second. Of course, we had entries from home-schoolers and from children who attend our community’s private schools.

Many of the essays were submitted with pictures of the park or historic site attached. Not only did our youngsters learn about their park, but they also “saw” the park while doing their research.  We thank our young authors and their teachers for taking the time to share their thoughts with us. These youngsters learned about and visited so many places in America – if only on paper.

Each child who wrote an essay received a ribbon for his/her efforts.  Our winners receive cash, T-shirts, and trophies.  They are our “Guests of Honor” at this year’s Patriotic Sing to be held July 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Amphitheater (Dunne and Monterey).  Be watching for them on the antique Fire Truck in our Freedom Fest 4th of July Parade.

And, now, please take a minute to read our winning essays.

Grand Prize
Primary

Luciano Guerra


Charter School

Morgan Hill
2nd Grade, Mr. Lynch

2nd Prize
Primary

Boston Ashe


Nordstrom Elementary
3rd Grade, Mrs. Lefevre

3rd Prize
Primary

Mackenzie Parente


P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy
3rd Grade, Mr. Hjelm

Grand Prize
Intermediate

Veronica Chavez


Los Paseos Elementary
5th Grade – Ms. Maes

2nd Prize
Intermediate

Julia Guerra


Charter School

Morgan Hill

5th Grade – Mr. Tubach

3rd Prize
Intermediate

Lauren Herlich


Paradise Valley Elementary

5th Grade – Mrs. Grant

CONTACT US

The Patriotic Sing will be returning to the Morgan Hill Amphitheater for our July 3rd program.  We would like to have any soldiers who have recently returned from deployment during the past year be our Guests of Honor.  Of course, we can’t wait to reunite with our South Bay Blue Star Moms and members of our Armed Forces as we honor those who serve. Please fill out the form below.

OUR SPONSORS

Please help us continue our patriotic Morgan Hill July 4th tradition by taking a moment to show your support by visiting our sponsor’s website or establishment.

Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar • Donna and Don Cowan, Intero Real Estate • Fritter Schulz & Conlon Physical Therapy • Aurum Consulting Engineers • Cornerstone Earth Group, Inc. • Cornerstone Engineering • Coyote Land Management Services • Golden Eagle Mortgage • Kawamoto, Weil & Co. • Liberty Bank • Mission Bell • NorCal Kenwoth – Morgan Hill • Rosso’s Furniture • SMP Tech, Inc • Verde Design • Book Smart • Mr. Falafel • Murphys Mechantile • KBAY Radio 84.5 FM • Barrios Upholstery • Fred’s European-Asian Auto • Live Oak Veterinary Hospital • Thinker Toys Morgan Hill Cellars • Kiwanis South Bay Cardiovascular Center • The Grange • All Sensors Allstate Insurance-Maureen Harris • Gloss Beauty Lounge • Gryphon Financial Group • Kenneth Rodrigues & Partners, Inc. • Kent Constructions • Lusamerica Fish • MH Engineering Mount Madona School • Partners.Med • Technology Credit Union (TCU) • Tencate Advanced Composites • Weston-Miles Architects • DP Construction • D.R. Domenichini Construction • GVA • M & H Tavern • Maurizio’s Cucina Italiana • Rosy’s at the Beach • Holiday Inn Express • Recology South Valley • Teresa Le, Photography • Bank of the West • Jimmy P’s Pizzeria • Make It Mine • Morgan Hill Wine Shop and Cigar Lounge • Patti’s Perfect Pantry • Uesugi Farms (On the Road Again: Rep) • Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics • Bubba’s Lowbed Service, LLC • Dana Dittmore • David L. Bandy, CPN • Gar N. Chan, DDS, Inc. • Italix • Company, Inc. • Mainstream-It.com • Radulescu Engineers • Realty World • Moggia Events • Royal Clothiers • Call My Ride Morgan Hill • My Pizza • Bill Jacobson Trucking • APM Custom Engines • Auto Magic Professionals • CB – Aida Pisano • CB – Bruce & Judy Henry • CB – Carmen Jones • CB – Christine Wheeler • CB – Cindy Dominguez • CB – Cindy Miller • CB – Debbie Adamo • CB – Greg & Lisa Gardner • CB – Janette Barsanti • CB – Joanne McPhee • CB – Judy Yeager • CB – Keriann Agresta • CB – Lisa Blagof • CB – Lisa Faria • CB – Lori LoBue • CB – Mary Surber • CB – Michael Kuhn • CB – Nina Clymer • CB – Shannon Sloan • Princeton Capital-Tiffany Doyle • CB – Toni Whedon • George’s Auto Service & Transmission • Grant’s Garage • Lawson’s Bakery • Licari Manufacturing / Brunshwiler • Marty’s Chop Shop • On The Road Again • Ponzini Community Garage, Inc. • Roadrunner Driving School • Top Notch Tunes • Frank’s Automotive • Windmill Mini-Storage

I’D LOVE TO VOLUNTEER!