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Freedom Park unveils season lineup

Scotia performance venue recovers from flood damage

Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg talks before the unveiling of Freedom Park’s 2012 season schedule as Mark Lansing Sr., owner of Jumpin’ Jack’s, stands with his son, Mark Lansing Jr., in the background.

Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg talks before the unveiling of Freedom Park’s 2012 season schedule as Mark Lansing Sr., owner of Jumpin’ Jack’s, stands with his son, Mark Lansing Jr., in the background. Photo by John Purcell.

— The Freedom Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization, also faced funding cuts from the Village totaling $2,000, Burrows said, as the Village Board of Trustees crafted a budget within the state mandated tax cap. The foundation was formed soon after Freedom Park was built in 1975 for the bicentennial village celebration.

The village will continue to cover “in house” costs including utilities, insurance and maintenance expenses.

“They scrambled and did what our volunteers always do and came through with a program that is just as good as any other year, so I give them a lot of credit for doing that,” Kastberg said.

This is the first year Freedom Park has had a season sponsor, which is Scotia Glenville Dental Center. Burrows said the foundation created a media package with four media sponsors, including Spotlight Newspapers, which allowed for the main sponsor program.

Burrows said Scotia Glenville Dental Center was a longtime supporter of the park, often sponsoring more than one show a year.

Dr. Jeffrey Backer of SG Dental Center said the park is “great for the community” and it was “a natural progression” for the business to sponsor the season.

Backer said he likes listening to rock n’ roll bands and has enjoyed dancing with his daughters when they younger on the dance floor.

“I have a picture of me clogging with one of my daughters,” Backer said.

Freedom Park Board member Margo Janack said she is excited for the season to begin and the diverse range of music should please many people. Janack said the performances are a “good value” to the community.

Mark Lansing, owner of Jumpin’ Jack’s, hoped the season would be a flood of success.

“I just hope that the summer goes as well as the hurricane went bad,” he said.

For information on Freedom Park and the 2012 event schedule visit www.FreedomParkScotia.com. Schedule brochures will also be available at several local businesses.

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