The Update | Warren Italian Fest, Freed Fest Return; Zona to Lecture at The Butler

SALEM – The annual Freed Fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at various locations in downtown Salem.

The event is part of the Salem High School alumni weekend. Music will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the newly renovated McCulloch Park, 585 E. State St., downtown.

A family magic show featuring Salem High grad Jason Alan Greenamyer will take place at 12:40 p.m. at the park as part of the park’s post-renovation celebration.

Salem Preservation restored McCulloch Park with the intention of making it a gathering place for residents and visitors to downtown, said David Schwartz, president of the organization.

The park includes the Alan Freed stage, which honors the late Alan Freed, a 1940 Salem High grad who is known worldwide as the man who coined the term “rock’n’roll.”

Freed Fest will also include local food and craft vendors. For information, go to

Bands are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening at these locations:

LiB’s Market, 474 E. State St.
Kast Iron Soda Works, 420 E. State St.
Nature and Nurture, 515 E. State St.
Boneshakers, 544 E. Pershing St.
BB Rooners, 256 E. State St.
Ricky’s English Pub, 151 E. State St.
The Foundry, 530 S. Broadway Ave.
Salem Rocketeria, 386 E. State St.
Salem Music Centre, 506 E. State St.
Liebe Wein, 530 E. State St.
Fernengel’s Tavern, 496 S. Broadway Ave.
Flying Pig, 175 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Music will also take place on two stages. Here is the schedule:

Day Stage at McCulloch Park
10 a.m.: John Fitch
10:50 a.m.: Ron Grey
12 p.m.: Diane Drapcho
12:40 p.m.: Jason Alan, magician
1:30 p.m.: Curt Conser
2:15 p.m.:  Mike Webb

Main Stage on Broadway Avenue
2 p.m.: Whiskey Pilot
3 p.m.: Quaker City Cruisers
4 p.m.:  David Van Pelt
5 p.m.: Dave & John
6 p.m.: East 9th
7:15 p.m.: HayLex
8:30 p.m.: Demos Papadimas
9:40 p.m.: Leo D’Angelo and The Dead Foxes

Warren Italian Festival on Courthouse Square

WARREN – The Warren Italian American Festival will open Thursday and run through Sunday on Courthouse Square.

The annual event, now in its 33rd year, features cultural displays, entertainment every day, morra and meatball eating contests, a wine taste competition, a bocce tournament and a pageant. There will be fireworks at 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission each day is $3. Go to for information.

Here is the schedule:

6:30 p.m.: Tiny King and Queen Pageant
8 p.m.: Miss Italian Pageant

7-11 p.m.: Tom Angelo
7:30-9:45 p.m.: Nunzio and Melodies

1-5 p.m.: Jim Frank Combo (beer tent)
6-7:30 p.m.: Avanti Band
7-11 p.m.: Guys Without Ties (beer tent)
8-9 p.m.: Tony Ieluzzi
9:15-10:30 p.m.: Butch Nichols Band

1-5 p.m.: Italian Cousins (beer tent)
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Dominic Tocco
7-11 p.m.: The Vegas Band (beer tent)
8-9 p.m.: Tony Ieluzzi
9:15-10:45 p.m.: Butch Nichols Band

Zona to Lecture on Minimalist Art

YOUNGSTOWN – Louis A. Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art, will give a lecture titled “Minimalism Was Not That Minimal, Or Was It?” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

He will also lecture on “The School of Paris and a Second Generation in the USA” at 2 p.m. Aug. 21.

Both lectures, the final two of the summer series, are free. They will take place in the Zona auditorium, on the first floor of the museum at 524 Wick Ave.

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