SANATOGA PA – An enthusiastic, flag-waving crowd of more than 250 people kicked of Pottstown’s Fourth of July celebration on Sunday (June 29, 2014), as the Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit headlined a “Star-Spangled Patriotic Concert held at historic Sunnybrook Ballroom and Conference Center on Sunnybrook Road.
Sunnybrook Marketing Chairman Denny Emrick said the music “rocked the ballroom” as the marching unit’s Baton Twirlers, Color Guard, and Rifle Carriers – all dressed in red, white, and blue – engaged the audience. They distributed American flags to each audience member and then led the crowd in singing patriotic songs and waving their own star-spangled banners.
During a United Services Medley, arranged by Arlen R. Saylor, soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and Marines were asked to stand and be appreciated by the audience as the march of each branch of service was played.
The music began with The National Game March by John Philip Sousa. Other marches and songs included pieces by Travis J. Weller, S.E. Hummel, Richard Rodgers, and Irving Berlin. The event began with picnic food served in Sunnybrook’s Pavilion, and ended as the band front brought the colors, the “American flag,” and other ornamental flags off the ballroom floor to Bill Moffit’s “Saint In Concert.”
Pottstown Mayor Sharon Thomas welcomed guests and the Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit on behalf of Pottstown, and expressed her appreciation to marchers and the Sunnybrook Foundation for the event which kicked off the Independence Day celebration in the Tri-County area.
Sunnybrook Foundation President J. Wilmer Hallman said he hopes the event annually “can be a tradition for our community; that we can begin our 4th of July celebration in an event like this here at Sunnybrook, and complete it with a celebration at (Pottstown’s) Memorial Park.” Hallman indicated plans for next year are already under way.
Photo from Denny Emrick at Sunnybrook Ballroom