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The Hit Men

Saturday May 27th 12:00 – 12:20 pm
Lafayette Park Stage

Come & join us for a great show in LaFayette Park following their performance in the Celebrate Commemorate Parade at 11:00 am!

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Here they’re playing “How much is that Doggie in the Window”

The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Look around the site, and if you see what you like get a hold of us. If not then we’ll take care of yah. hitmen

Fritz Klein as President Abraham Lincoln May 26th-28th

Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life. He bears a striking physical resemblance to Lincoln. His programs are thoroughly researched, historically accurate, and blend Lincoln’s humor with his great humanity. His ability to adapt to any audience and adapt his program’s content to your theme means that you are guaranteed to walk away with new insight into the man and a genuine sense that you have been with Lincoln himself.

To prepare for a performance, it takes about an hour with costume and make-up. However, if you happen to have Lincoln in mind, his natural resemblance to Abraham Lincoln can be quite convincing. Several years ago when visiting Washington D.C. he created something of a stir when he walked into Ford’s Theater, the place where Lincoln was shot. Though Klein was dressed in ordinary street attire, with his 6’3″ height and Quaker beard one woman screamed outright when she looked up to see him casually strolling down the stairs.

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Actor Fritz Klein of Springfield, Illinois has been a professional actor and speaker for many years. His portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life. Klein brings striking physical resemblance as well as historical accuracy, acting ability, humor, and relevance to the audience. Productions vary in content and length according to the need and character of the audience, but you will come away with new insight and the sense that you have been with Lincoln himself. Klein was first asked to portray Lincoln after performing as Lyman Beecher in a local history pageant in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i where he lived at the time. After a number of requests for repeat performances, he decided to begin extensive research in order to write a one-man production on Lincoln. That production has led to many others. He has since performed as Lincoln in 38 states and internationally as well. He and his wife Linda now reside in Springfield, Illinois where he performs at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, as well as many other venues around the country. In the summer Klein plays Lincoln in a variety of venues in a program called “History Comes Alive. In 2011 Klein was featured in the National Park Service’s recreation of Lincoln’s Inaugural Journey, travelling from Springfield to Washington, DC. and performing for some 5,000 people enroute. Klein portrayed Lincoln in a feature entitled “Lost River” and four History Channel Lincoln Bicentennial spots, as well as the award-winning Lincoln film at the Lincoln Home National Park “Journey to Greatness” by Aperture films of Los Angeles. On President Obama’s Inauguration night, Klein was Lincoln in the first American showing of a German film called “Lincoln’s Last Night” produced by VIDICOM of Hamburg and again featured at the Smithsonian for the 2013 Inauguration. Klein was also featured in the 2013 Ford’s Theater exhibit put together by History Channel. Klein has also done numerous documentary and feature films for National Geographic, Discovery and History Channel including “Stealing Lincoln’s Body”, “Lincoln’s Secret Killer”, and “American Mastermind”. In 2013 the Smithsonian film, “Lincoln’sWashingtonWar” aired in 2013, on the Smithsonian Channel, and he appeared on National television with “Larry the Cable Guy”. In April 2015 a new documentary “Lincoln’s Last Day” aired on the Smithsonian Channel. Recent plays include a 2012 role in the Pulitzer – Prize nominated production “The Heavens Are Hung in Black” by James Still, and a 2014 appearance with actor Carlo Garcia in “Of Mutual Interest – Lincoln and Mexico” before Illinois Governor and delegates from Mexico. In the Fall of 2014 a new Ken Bradbury play about Lincoln’s assassination called “Last Full Measure” opened at Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. That play will continue to run in locations around the country through 2016.

President Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein) speaks at the American Civil War memorial in Waterloo, New York. As keynote speaker at the annual Illumination Ceremony, He was asked to make some comments about the battles at Gettysburg and his part in the dedication of the cemetery. His comments conclude with his famous Gettysburg Address, recited as only the President could.
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BATTLE CASUALTIES PLAQUE DEDICATION

 Caren Cleaveland, PNP
16 East Wright Avenue
Waterloo, NY  13165
ccleavel@yahoo.com — 585-703-6489

 March 11, 2020

Press release

BATTLE CASUALTIES PLAQUE DEDICATION

This year during the Celebrate Commemorate Weekend in Waterloo, NY there will be an additional ceremony at its American Civil War Memorial located on the corners of Washington and Locust Streets.

Not only will there be the 12th annual Illumination and Remembrance Ceremony at 7:30 pm, Friday, May 22nd supported by five (5) Civil War Organizations and the Celebrate Commemorate Committee, but there will also be a Battle Casualties Plaque Dedication on Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00 pm

The Battle Casualties Plaque will be located in back of the Northside of the Star Stone at the memorial. This plaque is the last addition to the memorial that commemorates the fallen soldiers from Waterloo, who caused the first Memorial Day Commemoration, as well as all lives lost during the American Civil War.

There were at least 620,000 killed in action during the Civil War from April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865.  Our Battle Casualties Plaque will list the top ten (10) battles, total lost, location and date of each battle.

Join us, If not on Friday, May 22nd at 7:30pm for the Kick off of Waterloo’s Celebrate Commemorate weekend, then on Saturday May 23rd at 2:00pm where we will be sharing in our program the horrific losses to not only the North, but the South, in the top ten (10) battles with the most casualties.                               

It takes a Village!

As we have invited everyone to visit Waterloo for Memorial Day, many thanks go out to the nearly 40 volunteers of the Waterloo in Bloom Committee for their part in the beautification of the Village.  They plant and maintain over 50 containers with flowers to decorate the downtown area. They also plant  flower beds along Virginia Street, at the seven welcome signs, the four village cemeteries, Vern’s Way and the Memory Bank.  With the support of the Village of Waterloo, 68 hanging baskets also help beautify the village.

Here are some of the recent efforts that will be ongoing during this week prior to the Celebrate Commemorate events.

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