July 4 started early in Lititz LSP Live and The Preamble get festivities started off right

By on June 29, 2011

Four days of American independence celebration got off to an exciting start last weekend.

The first event, a brand new one to the annual festivities, was the LSP Live Summer Music Festival, essentially an all-day party in downtown Lititz, with the park as the central staging area.

LSP Live featured a community picnic, volleyball tournament, live music, a downtown promenade and a surround sound movie ("Iron Man") at dusk at the park bandshell.

The live, free entertainment at the bandshell included local bands Jimmi Sexton Experiment, Engleside, EGR, The Skeeties and The Districts.

"I thought the day was a huge success," said organizer Matt Clair. "We had a steady flow of people throughout the day which kept the park from getting too crowded. All the volleyball teams in the tournament were very talented and fun to watch. There was a lot more grilling than I was expecting, and all the food was great."

He also applauded the performances of the bands.

"It is always great to get local bands up on stage to play for the community," he said. "Then, later that night the surround sound movie was better than we expected. Since we were able to expand the sound field and get speakers all the way around the crowd, it really made you feel like you were a part of the movie."

Clair wanted to add, "I would like to apologize to everyone for the beginning of the movie … the opening scene took us by surprise, and really started the movie off with a bang!"

LSP highlights:

? The event was a great fund-raiser for the park, and organizers are already planning ahead for next year.

? All of the downtown establishments that had specials during the day were a hit. Clair said he got a lot of comments on how cool it was to tie in LSP Live with the downtown restaurants and pubs.

? The crowd fluctuated between 200 and 400 people throughout the day, and about 400 were there for the beginning of the movie.

"We don’t have any plans set for next year yet, but I would encourage people to send an e-mail to lsplive25@gmail.com and offer any ideas," Clair added.

The 2011 LSP Live Sand Volleyball Champion was "Wagaman’s Team" — Andy Wagaman, John Wagaman, Nate Zimmerman and Zac Riddick.

Festivities continued on Sunday with Historical Community Day, which featured a free concert by the Air National Guard Band and an 1843 Candle Illumination Re-enactment.

The ceremony included music from the Moravian Trombone Choir and Senior Choir. Rev. Dean R. Jurgen got the evening started with a prayer and later gave a meditation titled "A Blessed Light."

Dale E. Shelley provided a historical vignette of the first candle illumination, and Ron Reedy read exerts from the Declaration of Independence. Rev. Mark V. Breland provided the closing prayer.

Robert Bomberger and Darlene Bucher coordinated the distribution of the thousands of beeswax candles used for the illumination. More LSP & PREAMBLE, page A16

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