ArtsInStark to Host Flag Raising Ceremony this Saturday

Back in 1970 the Cultural Center for the Arts opened its doors and raised the American flag for the first time.  A boy scout named KC Laubacher helped do that.  “I remember there were three of us scouts from St John’s Troop 17 there,” says Laubacher, “me, Kevin Pelanda and Ken Tolin.”  This Saturday October 21, at 2 pm Laubacher will return to help raise a brand new American flag for a second time at the Cultural Center for the Arts.  He will be joined by County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton speaking on “Three Great American Values: Courage, Unity, and Civility” — and the Fairless High School Marching Band. “The timing is right for this,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “because every day more organizations and people are joining in.”  Moretta Lawn and Landcare is bringing vintage army trucks and a collection of smaller American flags.  The drum line from ENRICHMENT is performing.  The Ca on Ballet is sending its dance students.  And now restaurants have started calling up to offer to bring food.   
ArtsinStark owns the Cultural Center which is home to the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Ballet, the Players Guild Theatre, and Voices of Canton.  It is in the process of getting the facility ready for its 50th anniversary in 2020.  Three weeks ago Beaver Excavating took down the hills on the Cleveland Avenue side of the Cultural Center and so the flagpole had to be relocated.  “Next spring this new flat green space will be renamed Festival Park and will start offering an ongoing series of activities for families,” says ArtsinStark’s Board Chair Emil Alecusan.  “The flag raising ceremony this Saturday at 2 pm is also our way of introducing the Festival Park idea to the community.”