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The Bob Hope Road Show

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
‘Bob Hope’ to visit the fairgrounds this weekend

Staff writer

A local organization is offering Calvert residents a trip down memory lane this Saturday with a 1940s radio show recreation featuring the legendary “Bob Hope.”

The Circle of Angels Initiative Inc. is hosting “The Salute Fair at the Cradle of Invasion: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation: WWII Remembered” at the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick on Saturday.

The performance will be “The Bob Hope Road Show,” performed by the Fresno, Calif., Phoenix Producers Group with actor Lynn Roberts playing Hope and other special guests Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny and Red Skelton.

The free show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the road show skits lasting 30 minutes each.

Chuck Carson, the senior producer of the Phoenix Producers Group, said this was his organization’s first time performing in Calvert County and second time performing in Maryland, as they had a show in Cumberland once.

“Everybody is truly amazed at how well we recreate a 1940s radio program,” said Carson, who explained he acts as the show’s announcer in between acts.

The acts, he said, include the comedic monologues “that Hope was famous for,” some music and routines from Durante, Benny and Skelton.

The show also features recreations of 1940s commercials for products like Johnson’s Wax, Campbell’s tomato soup, Pepsi Cola and Chiquita bananas.

Carson said Hope closes every show “the way they did it in the old days.”

After the shows, Carson said, he and Roberts like to stick around and meet the audience and often get asked, “Where’s the actor who played Jack Benny or Jimmy Durante?”

“He changes persona that quickly,” Carson said of Roberts.

Carson said the show has something to offer both the old and younger members of the audience.

For older generations, especially those who might have served in the military overseas and saw one of Hope’s performances, Carson said “it brings back vivid memories.

“… A lot of times you see the audience singing some of the jingles,” Carson said.

For the younger generations who may attend with their parents or grandparents, Carson said “they get to experience what their grandparents experienced. … A lot of these guys became very famous from radio.”

A press release from the Circle of Angels said the show is being “held to honor those who serve in uniform, particularly in the WWII era.

“We believe that era is important to tell our youth about because the folks who lived through that time are living examples of resiliency,” the press release said.

Circle of Angels founder Roseanna Vogt said the organization had a similar event last year at the fairgrounds.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

The public is also invited to bring World War II memorabilia or dress in costume from that era.

Circle of Angels is described on the organization’s website as working to accomplish its goal to eliminate poverty and empower people through community organizing, improved legislative responses to community needs, the promotion of mentoring and connecting and networking with others.

Carson said through reaching out to veterans and those currently serving, Circle of Angels “is keeping that spirit alive.”

The Bob Hope Road Show

The Bob Hope Road Show

WWII Day Debrief

World War II Day
Debrief & Meeting

When: June 4, 2011 at Noon – 2 PM
Where: At the Prince Frederick Library

Want to make a difference in the community?
Have a passion for history?
Don’t want the WWII vets legacy to disappear?

You are invited to be part of the planning for 2012 Remembering World War II.  The meeting will include a mini pot-luck lunch (you are welcome to bring finger foods, mini sandwiches, fruit, chips, cheese & crackers, veggies + dip, drinks and desserts or just yourself).

Must RSVP by June 1st

Commemorate WWII

Inspirational speakers, games and 1940s memorabilia await the local community at this year’s World War II Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds.

The event, sponsored for the first time by Circle of Angels Initiative Inc., a faith-based group committed to public service in policy and advocacy to eliminate poverty and prevent risky behaviors, coincides with Circle of Angels’ WWII USO Remembrance Night, which takes place in August at Solomons Island. It continues the tradition of the Calvert Marine Museum, which formerly hosted the Cradle of Invasion, to honor those who served in the WWII era. Circle of Angels also wishes to honor, through this year’s WWII Day, all of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

During the day, which is free for anyone who wishes to attend, Circle of Angels will introduce and observe the “Moment,” a new tradition, established by the U.S. government, of renewing the values upon which the nation was founded, commitment to service and pledging to honor America’s fallen soldiers. Citizens will be asked to pause, wherever they are, at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, for the Moment and reflect on the sacrifices made for their freedoms. At WWII Day, activities will halt at 3 p.m. for observance.

“We’re going to have 1940s-style entertainment,” said Cheri Reulet, development coordinator with the Circle, including a drill, displays, music and a variety of other activities, and members of New Directions Theatre will be in period costume throughout the day.

The morning begins with a wreath-laying ceremony, a WWII-themed electronic gaming competition sponsored by Play N Trade of Lusby and a field training battle drill. In addition, there will be booths with resources for veterans and their families, food from local vendors and a panel of veterans and homefront heroes and heroines to tell their stories, which will be recorded for the Library of Congress Veterans Living History Project… read on!

via: The Recorder

Remembering WWII

The Circle of Angels created this new website in preparation and anticipation of an exciting event that the Circle of Angels along with a few of our volunteers are organizing, WWII Remembrance Day Saturday, May 14 from 10a to 4p at the Calvert Fairgrounds.  We hope this website draws on more of our ability and of what we hope to become.  We want to create an opportunity for our community to gather to honor all veterans and in particular the World War veterans living in the Southern Maryland area.

This new website is a step up to what we hope will become a community wide event that will bring people of all backgrounds and ages together.  Currently we are gathering information and organizations together in order to make this event successful.  The most difficult challenge thus far has been gathering volunteers, WWII sutlers and living history interpreters to participate and support this event.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating or being a volunteer for this event or any other events the Circle of Angels supports please get in contact with us ASAP.  ~ Thanks!


Get Involved

We are immediately in need of volunteers.  If you want to volunteer or intern for the Circle of Angels, email or turn in a volunteer form.

Once you have filled in and emailed us your volunteer form you will receive a questionnaire to fill out.  We have volunteers ranging from many different ages with varying schedules.  The questionnaire will help us identify the best time and way to get in contact with all our volunteers.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or send us an email.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of our programs and events please visit our VOLUNTEER page or our WWII Day website.

Honoring Heroes

This past August we were featured in our local newspaper.  The article was on one of the events in our signature Remembering World War II:  WWII USO Night Remembrance (USO Night).   In the future we hope to do a documentary film on WWII veterans and their stories.  We hope to get the financial support and public awareness to do this project soon before all the stories from our World War past is gone.  To read a recap of the event please…. click here!

USO Girls at Asbury

When the DJ spun the platter of Benny Goodman’s orchestra playing “Let’s Dance” last Friday night, dozens of couples, many of them in their 70s and 80s, joyfully swung into the jitterbug on the dance floor in the main dining room of Asbury-Solomons Island.

Too old? Too dangerous?

Not at all, according to Dennis Poremski, Asbury’s director of wellness, who initiated the program with the enthusiastic help of several Asbury residents.  “Dancing is just a basic activity that people love to do,” Poremski said during a break from the dance floor. “It’s fun.”… read on!


Red Cross WWII Roles

Sixty-six years ago on Aug. 7, 1943, the 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomons and nearby Pacific islands, launching the first major amphibious campaign of World War II.

On the anniversary of that event this year, residents of Solomons celebrated “USO Night” on the boardwalk pavilion commemorating those who fought in that historic battle; they also recalled the role of their own hometown in that long-ago battle. Solomons is known as the “cradle of invasion” because, in the 1940s, it was a top-secret amphibious training base …. read on!


Celebrating WWII History

Sixty-six years ago on Aug. 7, 1943, the 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomons and nearby Pacific islands launching the first major amphibious campaign of World War II.

Last Friday evening, the anniversary of that event, residents of Solomons celebrated “USO Night” on the Boardwalk pavilion commemorating those who fought in that historic battle; they also recalled the role of their own hometown in that long-ago battle. Solomons is known as the “cradle of invasion” because, in the 1940s, it was a top secret …. read more!


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