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June 13, 1986 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-13

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28 Friday, June 13, 1986



n July 4th weekend —
dubbed "Liberty
Week-end '86" — up to
13 million revelers are
expected to attend
perhaps the biggest
party ever held in New York, a city
justly famous for its fetes.
A State of Michigan party, at the
Roostertail on Monday, with all proceeds
going toward Statue of Liberty
restoration, will kick off Detroit's
celebration of the Statue's 100th
birthday. Guests will dance to the music
of the Peter Duchin orchestra at the
black-tie affair, which will feature
red-white-and-blue buntings, flags, and
a 31-foot high replica of the Statue.
Chrysler CEO and Statue of Liberty
Foundation chairman Lee Iacocca will
attend. Tickets are $500 per couple. For
further information, call 822-1234.
In addition, the Detroit/ Windsor
International Freedom Festival, being
held this year from June 20-July 6, will
have "A Salute to Liberty" as its theme.
Special events incorporating the theme
will include:
* Many activities on Children's Day,
June 27, starting off at the Detroit
Public Library with two
family-oriented films, "One Hundred
Years of Liberty" and "All About the
Statue," shown at 10 and 11 a.m. An
all-day cut and paste-a-picture
workshop, "Liberty Suggests . ."
will be part of the fun for kids at the
Detroit Institute of Arts.
• Stroh's Run For Liberty, scheduled
for June 28 at 10 a.m.,the five-mile
race will begin and end at Woodward
and West Grand Blvd. A second race,
1 1/4 miles in length, will starts at
11:15 a.m. Part of the proceeds from
the run will go to the Statue of
Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
Entry fee is $10.
* &New Citizens Swearing-in
Ceremony at the Westin Hotel on
July 3 at 9:30 p.m.; a portion of the
Ceremony will be telecast live on
Following current activities, the
Detroit Historical Museum early next
year will host an exhibit of
approximately 80 works of sculpture,
engravings, drawings, and paintings
depicting representational female
images of America, done by artists in the
years before the Statue of Liberty stood
in New York harbor.
Along with other events
commemorating the Statue's centennial,
the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, under
the direction of Gunther Herbig, has
recorded Richard Adler's "The Lady
Remembers" on RCA Red Seal. Recorded
in Washington, D.C. after its world
premiere by the DSO at Kennedy
Center, "The Lady Remembers"
chronicles the history of the Statue and
the immigrant experience in the U.S. All
royalties from the sale of the recording,
produced with support from the Chrysler
Corp., will go to the Statue of Liberty


New York won't be throwing the
only big bash next month.
Detioit and Windsor's annual
Freedom Festival will have
several events for Lady Liberty.

The statue in 1909 celebrations: A small preview of the
$2 million pyrotechnics show on the Fourth.

Whether you decide to experience it
in the flesh or just sit back with an
ice-cold drink and watch it on TV, the
extravaganza planned for the New York
area promises to be the blow-out of the
The bash in New York officially
kicks off on July 3 at 8:30 p.m. On
Governor's Island, President Reagan
will award the Medal of Liberty to 12

naturalized citizens who have made
significant contributions to the United
States. Included will be Irving Berlin,
Henry Kissinger, Itzhak Perlman and
Elie Wiesel. On Ellis Island, ballet star
Mikhail Baryshnikov will join 500
immigrants to be sworn in as U.S.
citizens by Chief Justice Warren Burger.
They will join a 40,000-voice choir
singing "God Bless America."

At about 9:20 p.m., President
Reagan will "unveil" the statue. About
90 minutes later, the darkened torch will
be relit, accompanied by fireworks,
cannon salutes and a choir singing
"America The Beautiful."
Also on July 3, more than 100 small
ships (those with masts short enough to
fit under the 127-foot clearance of
Brooklyn Bridge) will parade down the
East River from Throg's Neck Bridge at
about 8 a.m. They will anchor in
Brooklyn's Gravesend Bay off Coney
Island. About 250 wind-powered ships —
including 17 ships that soar to 175 feet
or more — will rendezvous for the July
4th run up the Hudson River.
The celebration begins in earnest on
July 4th, when the international flotilla
begins its parade up the Hudson River at
about 10 a.m. Officials estimate that it
will take about three hours to review the
entire procession.
Simultaneously, lower Manhattan
will be transformed into Harbor Festival
'86. Street parades, dancing and
entertainment with an ethnic theme will
alternate with such events as
participants discussing their families'
immigrant histories.
In Liberty State Park on the New
Jersey side of the Hudson River, the
Boston Pops, Barry Manilow, Johnny
Cash, John Denver, Melissa Manchester
and other superstars will present a
concert of American music for 20,000
people. The show will be telecast from 8
to 10 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. the biggest
display of fireworks ever seen over New
York — $2 million worth — will shower
the Hudson River with a brilliant
With a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 a.m.
on July 5, the Statue of Liberty will be
open to the public for the first time since
mid-1985. Another free concert, this
time the New York Philharmonic in
Central Park, will be televised from 8 to
10 p.m.
July 6th's highlight begins at 6:30
p.m. with a Sports Salute at the
Meadowlands Sports Complex in East
Rutherford, New Jersey. Featured will
be exhibitions by Olympic gold
medalists, the Harlem Globe Trotters vs.
N.B.A. all-stars, and a tug-of-war
between pro football players. The closing
ceremonies, starting at 8 p.m., will be
sheer glitz with the giants of the
entertainment industry (Frank Sinatra,
Gene Kelly, Lionel Richie, Elizabeth
Taylor and others) backed up by
thousands of tap dancers, fiddlers,
guitarists and marching bands.
David Wolper, who produced the
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and is the
brain behind Liberty Weekend '86, has
promised that there will be some
surprises during the three-day gala in
New York. But surprises or not, what is
already scheduled will probably be the
party-going experience of a lifetime for
anyone daring enough to brave it in
person. And of the more than 97 million
TV viewers who will watch it from a safe
— and comfortable — distance.

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