VIENNA – To kick off the city’s “19th Amendment Week”, the Cathy Ponton King Band will perform on July 10th at a concert entitled “Women Rock” on Town Green.
King, a rhythm and blues singer and guitarist, is a longtime veteran of the local R&B scene, according to their website. The concert is her first appearance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Curtis Pope, whom King calls the “R&B royalty”, will also appear.
The concert Participation is free and starts at 6.30 p.m., as known on the website of the Vienna Business Association.
During her performance, King can recite the 19th Amendment – which grants women the right to vote – and will likely speak about its meaning, said Peggy James, executive director of the Vienna Business Association.
The association is one of the sponsors of the event, which will be presented by Caffe Amouri, said James. Other sponsors are Bards Alley Bookshop, McCabe’s Printing Group and M&T Bank.
“It’s going to be a really great concert celebrating women’s suffrage,” said James. “Bring chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes and come out and help us celebrate the 19th Amendment.”
Vienna’s “19th Amendment Week” is the last week of its first annual “Month of Freedom Changes“, A month-long event celebrating the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments to the United States Constitution,” said James.
The city spent a week marking each change. Celebrations included an exhibit at Freeman House, flashcard quizzes across town, a bike ride, and more, James said.
At least 25 organizations across Vienna took part, said James.
“I’m so excited to see people go out and celebrate things like Liberty Amendments Month,” said James. “I am delighted that we can be in person to celebrate our freedoms, to celebrate our nation and our city.”