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‘A Sparkling December’ ushers in holiday season

December 3, 2012
Morning Journal News

The Salem Storybook Museum ushered in the Christmas season with an event entitled "A Sparkling December" that lived up to its name.

Held at the Kent State Salem Campus, it was the Second Annual Jazz Festival and Art Show.

Robert Viencek, the Fund Raising Chairman for the museum, served as master of ceremonies. In presenting the "Woman of the Year Award" to Cindy Rottenborn and the "Man of the Year Award" to David Stratton, he first stopped to praise Bob and Linda Sebo for their significant contributions to Salem.

"We are indebted to the Sebos for presenting the jazz music this evening. They have been extremely good to The Salem Storybook Museum. In fact everyone here this evening has in some way benefited from their philanthropy," he said.

Viencek cited the quiet, dignified, and thoughtful ways of both Rottenborn and Stratton for their many and varied ways they have helped the museum. He noted one doesn't always remember how a friendship begins, but he said it was a great pleasure to refer to both Cindy Rottenborn and David Stratton has dear and special friends.

Bob Sebo added, "Linda and I believe strongly in the work of The Salem Storybook Museum. That's why we agreed to provide the music again this year when Bob Viencek contacted us."

"I have known Matt Skitzki for a number of years. He is a young talented pianist from Cleveland. Watch for him. He's going to make it really big in the music industry," Sebo continued. "I really enjoyed his jazz ensemble. I felt that the vocalist Tara Hawley did a great job in handling the Christmas songs."

A highlight of the evening was the artwork for sale. There were 70 lots for guests to make their selections. Elizabeth Thatcher, the director for the museum, explained,"I was extremely happy to have the artwork from our children included. The three elementary schools, the junior high and high school plus St. Paul of Salem--were all represented."

Elaine Rousseau-Kothera, the treasurer for the museum, added, "I am so impressed with the caliber of students in Salem High School's National Honor Society. We had three separate groups of young people working the event. There was the set-up crew and tear-down crew plus the students who actually worked the program. We could not have done it without their help."

Connie Sanor, the secretary for the museum, had equal praise for Dr. Steven Nameth, the dean of Kent State and Charles Shaffer, the head of the maintenance committee.

"What a wonderful experience for us to be at Kent State. Everyone was so kind and helpful including Bonnie Dominic, the liaison for the museum, and Henry Trenkelbach of the building operations," she said.

Almost 200 people attended the glittering holiday affair. Proceeds from the evening will be used for the renovation of the Victorian house, the future home for the museum. (Submitted material)



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