Many helped bring Steubenville alive

To the editor:

Book bags are being dusted off, new school supplies are in the stores and the last concert of the 2014 Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series was performed in the Louis Berkman Amphitheater. As the summer draws to a close, we want to thank the individuals, organizations and businesses who made the concerts and all the other great downtown summer events possible.

This year’s concert series was the most well attended, with pleasant weather and wonderful music. It was a joy to see so many people of all different ages and backgrounds enjoying a few hours of socializing and songs along the Ohio River. Kudos to our many supporters for helping us provide high quality and free live entertainment to the downtown. Special thanks to Deb and Rick Witkowski of Studio L and Earl Tuttle of Ohio Valley Audio and our major sponsors: Trinity Health System, WTOV-TV, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, WesBanco Bank, Tri-State Financial Services, Herald-Star and the Kessler Family. The numerous businesses, organizations and individuals listed in the program and the grateful and generous audiences have ensured that the series will continue next year.

The festival season began June 7-8 with Ohio Valley Frontier Days in Historic Fort Steuben. The good weather, interesting exhibits and family friendly activities certainly helped fulfill the fort’s mission of “Keeping History Alive!” We are indebted to our many talented and energetic volunteers for this successful event.

The Greek Food Festival June 11-14 added delicious flavors to the summer with wonderful food, drinks, dance, music and tours of the spectacular Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Visitors from all over the country flocked in for the annual Dean Martin Festival June 13-15 at the Spot Bar and enjoyed the memories and entertainment offered in honor of Steubenville’s native son.

The Steubenville Events Committee (Anita Jackson, Ann Koon, Jerry Barilla, Mark Nelson, Mary Snyder, Rikki Kamarados, Tim McCoy and myself), working with the city and more than 25 sponsors including WTOV-TV, Eastern Gateway Community College, Historic Fort Steuben and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, provided a wonderful array of activities for Steubenville’s Hometown Celebration. Trolley rides to the Jefferson Historical Mansion Museum and the Grand Theater restoration, mini-train rides around Fort Steuben Park, rides and inflatables by Kurt James’ Fun n’ Games, a classic car show, balloons by Amazing Nick, entertainment around the fountain and a variety of vendors were all part of the fun, climaxing with a memorable performance by Beatlemania Magic in the Berkman Amphitheater.

Although the summer is slipping by, planning for next year has already begun. We invite churches, youth groups, organizations and businesses to join us for the 2015 Hometown Celebration by creating interesting booths, displays or entertainment to add to the day’s activities. Call the visitors center to find out how you can participate.

I appreciate all who have been part of this season’s events. It is only by working together that we can have pride and progress (and fun) in Steubenville.

Judy Bratten

Executive Director

Historic Fort Steuben

and Steubenville Visitor