Thursday, July 06, 2017

After a 21-year run promoting the Dean Martin Festival, Rose Angelica said Tuesday this will be her final event.

Hey pallies, likes thanks very much to our ever-on-the-outlook for Dino-news pallie  MISS AOW , we share with all youse Dino-holics this potentially powerfully sad sad news from the land of our Dino's birth, Stuebenville, Ohio.  Scribed by Mr. Dave Gossett, a staff writer for Stu-ville's daily rag, "The Herald-Star" for it's June 14 edition, "Angelica bids Dean Martin festival arrivederci," tells the noteworthy news that Miss Rose Angelica, who has chaired Dino-fest every Father's Day weekend over the last 21 years is callin' it quits after this years' event.

Likes, man-o-man pallies it makes us Dino-philes ever ever more greatly grateful that our own Eddie-o make his personal pilgrimage to Dino-fest '17 and continues to share brilliant bits 'n profound pieces of his family vacation in the birth place of our one and only Dino!  This news is somethin' that Dino-philes everywhere just didn't expect and tons and tons of our have been hopin' and dreamin' of makin' our way to Dino-fest some some year.

Reasons for the endin' of this Dino-celebration are included in Mr. Gossett's remarkable report and include personal reasons for Miss Angelica and well as laggin' support for the yearly event.  Likes as you will also read, their are others in Stu-ville that hope to host some sort of Dino-celebration in future years, so we will wait to see if and when they come to fruition.

We thanks our pallie Miss AOW for bringin' this news to our attention and to Mr. Dave Gossett and the folks at Steubenville's " TheHerald-Star" for scribin' and printin' this.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram/.

Likes once 'gain HATS OFF!!!!! to our own Eddie-o for his time, talent, and treasure put into makin' the scene at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of our most beloved Dino at Dino-fest 2017...and keeps them cards, and letters comin' pallie!

We remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Angelica bids Dean Martin festival arrivederci

LOCAL NEWS
JUN 14, 2017

DAVE GOSSETT
Staff writer
dgossett@heraldstaronline.com


 Rose Angelica, chairwoman of the Dean Martin Festival Committee, stands next to several of the items that will be featured at the Dean Martin silent auction planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Inn at Franciscan Square on University Boulevard. Angelica said this will be her last Dean Martin Festival. — Dave Gossett

Rose Angelica, chairwoman of the Dean Martin Festival Committee, stands next to several of the items that will be featured at the Dean Martin silent auction planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Inn at Franciscan Square on University Boulevard. Angelica said this will be her last Dean Martin Festival. — Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE — After a 21-year run promoting the Dean Martin Festival, Rose Angelica said Tuesday this will be her final event.

“I am retiring after this one. This is it. I want to focus on my own country singing career, so this will be a blowout this year. We are pulling out all the stops to make this festival the best one yet,” Angelica said during a press conference at the the Inn at Franciscan Square.

“It has been a long run, but we are losing more sponsors and the money isn’t out there any longer to support the festival,” added Angelica.

Angelica said the largest Dean Martin Festival was several years ago when former Notre Dame football Coach Lou Holtz and television personality Regis Philbin came to Steubenville.

“And, I have learned once a personality turns 100 years old, the attention starts to die off,” she said.

“So, we will spend all of our money on the scholarships for the high school students and call it quits after this year. I know Judy Bratten and Jerry Barilla of the Historic Fort Steuben have expressed an interest in continuing the festival in some way,” Angelica remarked.

“We certainly hope this continues in one way or another, but it is too early to say what we will do,” commented Bratten.

“It is hard to believe Dean Martin would have been 100 years old if he was still alive. We have been contacted by film crews from Hollywood, England and Canada who are interested in the life of Dean Martin, how he got started and how he became a star in Hollywood,” Angelica said during the press conference.

“And, we are expecting Dean Martin fans from across the country and around the world to be in Steubenville this weekend for the 100th birthday party. We started this festival following Dean Martin’s death in 1995, and it has grown every year,” she continued.

“Everything will start with the Dean Martin Tribute Show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Berkman Amphitheater. If we have inclement weather we will move the show to the Steubenville High School auditorium. Our annual singing contest will take place at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Spot Bar,” related Angelica.

“On Friday, we will host a meet-and-greet and a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Inn at Franciscan Square. The birthday party will continue at 8 p.m. Friday night with film clips and an auction at the Spot Bar,” said Angelica.

“The Dean Martin parade with Deana Martin serving as the grand marshal in downtown Steubenville is set for noon Saturday followed by a meet-and-greet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visitors Center. Then at 4 p.m. at Steubenville High School the 100th birthday show is set to take place. And, the Dean Martin Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Spot Bar featuring the Frank Gallo Band, Bob Morelli and Dave Salera,” continued Angelica.

The weekend will end with a Dean Martin family Mass at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Steubenville.

“The committee has worked very hard and will continue to work hard throughout the weekend to make sure this birthday celebration is a success. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and making new friends again this year,” noted Angelica.

7 comments:

Always On Watch said...

DMP,
Thanks so much for the hat tip. I appreciate it.

When I stumbled across this bit of news in a comment at Facebook page Dean Martin (Steubenville, Ohio Annual Festival), I was gobsmacked!

Sure, 21 years is a long time -- the festival began in 1996, in the June after our Dino's passing -- and sure, Deana Martin, who seems always to attend the festival, is now 68 years old. But somehow I thought that there would always be a Dean Martin Festival taking place in Steubenville.

Maybe somebody else will take on the labor of love that Rose Angelica has been doing for all these years. There should always be a Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville every June!

Danny G. said...

Man! This is a total bummer! Someone MUST keep the Dino-torch blazin'! Let's hope some cool cool pal grabs the reigns & marches forward with the Dino-fest!!!

Mabel Ƥιηєѕ said...

I read that article last month, I find it sad if Dean Martin Festival 2017 is really the last one. I hope somebody continues the festival so that people can be reminded of Dean's legacy. Plus, I would really love to attend a DM Festival one day if I could, considering I don't live in the US. It would be a real pity if the Dean Martin Festival ended once and for all.

Please don't end the Festival, there are young Dino fans like me from other parts of the world who wanna pay homage to this great man.

Eds Epistle said...

There are a lot of political things it seems in Steu'ville. Hopefully I can add more info soon.
I heard about this at the fest and its a real bummer. We need to push on as Dini fans to keep it going...

Always On Watch said...

Ed,
There are a lot of political things it seems in Steu'ville.

Typical of a small town!

Eds Epistle said...

Yes there are, I was able to speak to some locals, and also learned the difficulties using Dean Martins name and image. So hard to imagine no fest though.

Eds Epistle said...

Hopefully we can keep it going somehow!