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First Fridays on July 5 to open with reading of Declaration of Independence

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 4:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 10:17 a.m. CDT
Tom Wadsworth, Dixon, will once again portray Thomas Jefferson in a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to open the First Fridays Open Stage Music Show at the Oregon VFW July 5. Photo supplied

First Fridays will open the July 5 show at 7 p.m. at the Oregon VFW with a patriotic tradition. 

Once again noted orator Tom Wadsworth, portraying Thomas Jefferson, will read one of history’s most important documents, the Declaration of Independence that established the U.S.A.

Following the reading of that historic document the First Fridays musicians will take the stage with each musician (or band) taking 15 minutes at center stage and continuing until each group has been featured.

Musicians from across northern Illinois, and often neighboring states, appear on a regular basis. 

The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above.

Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is supplied. 

Participation is encouraged so bring an instrument and join the show, or kick back and just enjoy the music.

First Fridays is a part of northern Illinois’ Friday night music scene along with Second Fridays in  Lanark, Third Fridays in Franklin Grove, Fourth Fridays in Polo, and special Fifth Friday (when they occur) shows in Franklin Grove.

The VFW features food and beverage.  Admission is by free will donation.  Bring a friend and enjoy some great music.

The Oregon VFW Club is located at 1310 W.Washington St. Ill. 64)  at the west edge of Oregon.

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