July 4th activities planned in Geneseo

Lisa Depies
Dan Dauw, left, Maple City Band board member; James Mickley and Dr. Matt Nelson, representing the Geneseo Kiwanis Club, encourage area residents to join them on July 4 at the Kiwanis Club’s 20th annual ‘Feast on the Fourth – Pork in the Park.’ The event will feature the Maple City Band.

Geneseo will celebrate the Independence Day weekend with fireworks, music and a feast in the city park.

A fireworks display at Richmond Hill Park will start at dusk on July 3 with a rain date of July 4.

The fireworks display is funded by private donations from area businesses, including:?Hanford Insurance Agency Inc., Creative Images Center, Farmer’s National Bank of Prophetstown, Geneseo Communications Charitable Foundation,?Geneseo Foundation, Turpin?Chevrolet, Turpin Motors Inc., Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation,?Walmart and Wirth Inc.

Mark Anderson of rural Geneseo permits the use of his farm to launch the fireworks.

On July 4, the Geneseo Kiwanis Club will host its 20th-annual "Pork in the Park"  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The?Maple City Band will perform a concert starting at 1 p.m. The band also hosts an ice-cream social in that park during the concert.

Music for the concert will include several marches and patriotic favorites, said band director Alan Kiser.

Kiser’s brother, Fred, will be a featured soloist and serve as narrator and guest conductor. He will sing on the piece “Within These?Hallowed Halls.”

He also will narrate on the Robert Sheldon piece “The Message on the Rock.” Inspiration for this piece come from Ray Sorenson’s artwork that turned a graffitied rock in Iowa into an annual artistic tribute to veterans.

The Independence Day concert also will include J.J. Richard’s “Emblem of Unity,” “E.E. Bagley’s “National Emblem,” “John Philip Sousa’s “Boy Scouts of America,” Red Skelton’s “Red’s White and Blue March” and Karl King’s “Hosts of Freedom.”

All veterans in attendance will be recognized when the band plays the “Armed Forces Salute.”

Other pieces on the program include “Amber Waves of Grain: Symphonic Rhapsody on America the Beautiful,” “Lincoln Celebration,” “Navy Hymn” and “Ashokan Farewell.”

The concert will conclude with the band’s signature piece, John Philip Sousa’s “Stars &?Stripes Forever.”