It was Tim Horn, a community activist in Columbus had founded Picnic with the Pops two years prior, initially on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts in Columbus. Ray Wilkes, then Dean of Ohio University in Lancaster, was one of those who helped organize a large group of volunteers and on Aug. Cameo Concerts, an organization formed initially to bring concerts and other cultural events to Lancaster, started work on the first Lancaster Festival. Mary Church, and a week full of community arts and music events. The festival was extended to 10 days in and , adding more performance locations throughout the city and expanding the programming for families and children. Maestro Gary Sheldon was hired as music director and, after auditioning more than professional musicians, created the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. There was a lot of skepticism about undertaking an event as complex as an arts festival. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Festival. And over the years, there have been more events in more locations.
THE LANCASTER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
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Gepetto, a woodcarver in a small Italian village, carves a wooden puppet, wishes on a star for his wooden puppet, Pinocchio, to become a real boy. The Blue Fairy brings Pinocchio to life. She gives him a cricket to be his conscience and promises that, if Pinocchio proved himself brave, truthful and unselfish, he could become a real boy. Pinocchio runs into temptations that cause him to stray from his path of bravery, truthfulness and unselfishness. Each time he lies, his nose grows. Ultimately, the tale has a happy ending, with Pinocchio being transformed into a real boy.
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Missing Lancaster already! We all had a great time this year - we would like to offer a BIG thank you to all the festival staff, the volunteers who make everyth Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? See more of Lancaster Festival Orchestra on Facebook. Log In. Forgot account? Not Now.
This scenic locale comes complete with underground caves waiting to be explored, impressive rock formations, a multitude of winding trails for hiking and captivating cascades that are simply irresistible. While summer sees the natural beauty of Hocking Hills put on full display, those who travel this direction in July will get the added bonus of being in town at the same time as the Lancaster Festival. This annual event draws in thousands of visitors and is one of the most highly anticipated festivals the area hosts.