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of Fame Celebration
September 8th, 2007
Gennett Walk of Fame Celebration
Gennett Walk of Fame Celebration presented by the
Foundation and the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation Department
embodies the collaboration of several organizations to create a
high-quality event that is worthy of the momentous unveiling of the
Gennett Walk of Fame.
The Gennett Walk of Fame Celebration will be
the first large-scale event honoring the Starr-Gennett legacy at the
site of the Starr Piano Company and Gennett Records Studio, which
has been undergoing considerable improvements by the City. To date,
the City of Richmond has spent close to 5 million dollars on
improvements to the area, which emphasizes community support for the
The 2007 Celebration features a special
collaboration with Earlham College for the Family Fun portion of the
Music Ride on the Cardinal Greenway Trail 8:00 a.m.
Wayne County Cardinal Greenway Recreation Trail organization will
start the day’s festivities with the annual Richmond Rail Ride,
starting at the Starr-Gennett Historic Site in the Gorge Park and
continuing on the Whitewater Gorge Trail and Cardinal Greenway.
Cardinal Greenway rides are:
- 8:30 am – 50 miles,
- 9:00 am – 25 miles,
- 9:30 am – 5 miles
- and a Family Walk/Wagon/Ride at 10:00 am.
Registration opens at 8:00 am at the South 1st Street Entrance by
the Main Street Bridge. (Registration
Form - pdf format)
Gennett Records Walk of Fame Inaugural
Gennett music concerts will be free to the public and no admission
will be charged to see the Walk of Fame or participate in Family Fun
activities. Guests will include residents of the City/Wayne County
and surrounding region as well as travelers to the city from across
the nation, including Foundation members and the Gennett family.
Rooftop Rendezvous Kick-off
Friday evening September 7, Main Street will kick-off the Festival
week-end with the annual Roof Top Rendezvous.
Hoagy Carmichael Statue and Educational Exhibit
Support from the Tourism Bureau, Eastern Indiana Chapter of the IU
Alumni Association and Foundation, and
Wayne County Foundation will
bring to Richmond a full-size bronze sculpture of Hoagy Carmichael
at the piano for display in the Starr-Gennett Logo Pavilion.
educational exhibit that accompanies the statue interprets the Hoagy
legacy. Members of the Hoagy Carmichael family have indicated they
have planned to attend the Walk of Fame Celebration in Richmond and
that Randy Carmichael will perform.
PUBLIC WELCOME! The full size Hoagy sculpture and
Educational Exhibit will be in the lobby of the Leland Thursday,
September 6 from 9 am until 8 pm and open to visitors and again on
Friday morning on September 7. Call the Leland before you go to see
the sculpture Friday afternoon, however; it is to be moved to the
Gorge Park for the Walk of Fame.
The Leland is the site of the V.I.P.
reception at 11:30 sponsored by the Wayne County Tourism and
Family Fun 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
actual Celebration will begin at 11:00 am with family activities
presented by the City of Richmond’s Parks Department and Earlham
College. Parks staff will set-up and run two “blow up” games for
children including a 40-foot dual slide and a 32-foot obstacle
course. Other activities will include miniature golf, face painting,
balloon art, jugglers, a music-themed chalk drawing contest, and
more. Mr. Jingles, balloon artist, will perform.
Food Vendors 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Throughout the entire day, local non-profit organizations and local
restaurants will offer refreshments and meals for Celebration
Mini-Concerts – Music 11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
music during the family activities will feature local talent. The
Earlham Jazz Combo will open the day’s music offerings at 11:00 as
the Hoagy Carmichael statue is unveiled. At 11:40, the Earlham Hand
Drum Ensemble will shake the rafters with its powerful music. Randy
Carmichael will perform at the VIP Donors reception at the Leland
and perform in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion also: 1:30 Randy
- 11:00 a.m. The Earlham Jazz Combo
- 11:00 a.m. Unveiling of the Hoagy Carmichael Statue
- 11:40 a.m. Earlham Hand Drum Ensemble
- 12:45 p.m.
Hoosiers from IU, Directed by Dr. Michael Swartzkopf
- 1:30 p.m. Randy Carmichael
Walk of Fame Induction and Ceremony 2:00 p.m.
Walk of Fame nominees selected by the Foundation’s National Advisory
Board will be inducted during an hour-long ceremony beginning at
Members of the National Advisory Board, family members of
the Walk of Fame nominees, and local residents who once worked at
the Starr Piano Company or who recorded for Gennett Records have
already been invited to officiate at the ceremony.
ceremony will include introductions of those who are officiating,
brief presentations regarding the nominees and their importance in
music history, samples of the nominees’ recordings for Gennett, an
abbreviated background of the project and larger Starr-Gennett
legacy, and most importantly, the official unveiling and ribbon
cutting to open the Gennett Walk of Fame.
Special Musicians in Concert 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Following the ceremony, the Starr-Gennett Foundation will present
three musical acts:
The goals for
the concert portion of the Celebration are to introduce audience
members to a sample of the historic styles of American music that
were recorded in Richmond’s Gennett studios and to celebrate the
manner in which Gennett contributed to the development and spread of
The music performances will start at 3:00 pm and
continue until 8:00 pm. All performances will occur in one of the
last-remaining Starr Piano factory buildings. The building has been
rehabilitated from near-devastation to an open-air pavilion that is
the perfect location for a late-summer concert. The Parks and
Recreation Department advises that concert attendees bring lawn
chairs to truly enjoy the concerts in the pavilion for the
Starr Piano site does not provide ample parking, although parking is
available for guests who will require handicapped-accessible
parking. Visitors are asked to use the sizeable county parking lot
located two blocks from the Starr site.
Price is right – no cost for admission in the Gorge Park!
Gennett Walk of Fame Celebration will not only be a fitting occasion
for the unveiling of the Walk of Fame but will also entertain
attendees and educate them about the importance of the Starr-Gennett
legacy and Richmond’s musical past, at the very location where the
Gennett Walk of Fame Festival Volunteers and Leaders:
Earlham College Collaboration:
- Starr-Gennett Walk of Fame Celebration Co-Chairpersons:
- Karen Chasteen 983-7230
- Dr. Karen Montgomery 962-5419
- Parks and Recreation:
Sonia Brock, Superintendent 983-7275 Gorge Park, Starr-Gennett Historic site
- Jim Dykes, Asst Superintendent: Drinks concessions, blow ups
- Mike Parker: Starr-Gennett Historic Site Manager
- Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau
- Jim Resh VIP
Reception at the Leland, Trolley, Hoagy Statue 935-8687
- Cardinal Greenway Bike and Walk events:
- Connie Anderson, First
- Starr-Gennett Foundation (thru 7-31)
- Beth Surles, 966-1521 and
on 9-8 Artistic Manager, professional musicians 3-8 pm
Gallery in the Gorge
- Maxine Chenowith 962-6707 Hospitality Team/Parking
National Advisory Board and Induction Ceremony:
- Ron Hughes, SG Foundation board,
- Dr. David
Roof Top Rendezvous:
- President – Al Gentry 966-7259
For more information, see the
Starr-Gennett web site at:
- Main Street, Beth Fields 962-8151