STEUBENVILLE – From Classic Cars to Rat Pack Entertainment to Fun ‘n’ Games for the kids, Steubenville’s Hometown Celebration on Saturday, June 15 will be a hit with the whole family.
As a climax to the annual Dean Martin Festival, the 2013 Hometown Celebration will feature various events around the town. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be tours of the Dean Martin Room at the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum on Franklin Avenue. Items on display include photos, articles, album covers, and mementoes of Dean Martin’s entertainment career.
Historic Fort Steuben, a reconstructed 18th century fort in the downtown overlooking the Ohio River, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for tours at a reduced rate. In the Fort’s Visitor Center, Local History will be exhibited and memorabilia will be on sale. Located at 120 S. 3rd Street, the Visitor Center provides information on all the happenings that day as well as attractions and dining in the area. The Visitor Center will also be running hourly a special DVD, Sweet Memories of Steubenville, which shows numerous clips of Dean Martin’s references to his hometown in his movies and TV appearances.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., South 3rd Street will be filled with the sights, sounds and flavors of a festival. Along the street a Dean Martin Cruise In will bring back memories as classic cars will be on display. In Fort Steuben Park, kids will squeal with excitement as they experience Kurt James’ Fun ’N’ Games. Food vendors, information tables, and sales booths will be located on site as well. For those looking for a unique food and music experience, a quick walk down to the Holy Trinity Greek Festival on S. 4th Street will provide both: from traditional moussaka and spanakopita to the lively music of the Greek Company Orchestra, the annual festival is a popular part of the Hometown Celebration.
The Frank Gallo Italian Band opens the festivities at The Spot Bar at noon. The Spot has been part of the Dean Martin Festival for years and has scheduled a variety of tribute artists including the popular Russ Loniello as Dean. Their evening performances begin at 8 pm. General admission is $10 and Gold Seating is $25, with a portion of the proceeds going to music scholarships in area high schools.
The doors to Steubenville High School will open at 1:30 p.m. for the Rat Pack Tribute Show featuring Bo Wagner’s Rat Pack with a 16-piece orchestra and other tribute singers. This entertaining two-hour program will leave the audience humming old standards and remembering the engaging talent of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds will go to performing arts programs at the city high schools.
Later that day, Steubenville High School will present a production of “Forever Plaid” by the school’s Thespian Club. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at the door for $10.
“I think Dean would be pleased at the way his hometown is remembering their native son, with activities to delight young and old,” commented Visitor Center Director Judy Bratten. “The Steubenville Events Committee has been working for months to enhance the already popular Dean Martin Festival by tying it together with our Hometown Celebration. This event should be appreciated by both our visitors and the local population who will find plenty to do around town.”
More information on the Hometown Celebration can be found at, checking the Facebook page Dean Martin Hometown Celebration or by calling 740-283-4935.