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The 2022 HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival on Saturday, August 20 will feature a heated battle between members of two of Wisconsin’s most charitable fire departments.
Members of Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414 and their brothers and sisters from Greenfield Firefighters Local 1963 will show off their Firehouse cooking skills during the Summer “Slider” Showdown. The event supports the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund.
This competition between firefighters will be featured in the event’s Cooking Studio. This popular interactive cooking demonstration kicks off the day-long music festival at Kenosha’s HarborPark Celebration Place. Cooking festivities begin at 12:45 p.m
“We are so excited to welcome Greenfield Firefighter’s Local 1963 to the Cooking Studio this year,” said Cooking Studio Co-Captain Teri Jacobson. “Their friendly rivalry with Kenosha’s Local 414 will delight audiences with banter and delicious food for our Summer Slider Showdown.”
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Jeremy Holm, president of IAFF Local 1963 Greenfield Professional Fire Fighters, said Greenfield firefighters were thrilled when the Kenosha Fire Department offered Greenfield a chance to get involved with the Mahone Jazz Festival.
“Kenosha firefighters have always had a positive impact on the community through their organization, Kenosha Firefighters CARE,” Holm said. “Also, Greenfield firefighters care; not only about community, but we also care enough to show Kenosha Fire how to cook a proper meal.
“We’re happy to give the Local 414 team some pointers during this summer’s Slider Showdown. We’re pretty sure they’re going to need it.”
At the most recent 2021 HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, the Kenosha Firefighters group defeated their friendly foes from Waukegan Professional Firefighters Local 473.
“We are happy to host this wonderful event here in Kenosha for such a worthy cause,” said Jeffrey Weidner of Kenosha Firefighters CARE. “As hosts, we are obligated to treat all our guests equally. So this year, we plan to continue our tradition of giving all our contestant guests a parting gift: second place.”
Ardis Mahone Mosley, co-chair of the Cooking Studio with Jacobson, said the cooking competition is a great way to kick off a fun day of music by the lake.
“Everyone who attends the Cooking Studio will get an inside look at what it’s like to cook for a firefighter and get some great recipes and delicious samples,” said Mahone Mosley. “In the past, I have received great advice and treats; I’m sure this year will be even better!”
Mahone Mosley said that this year they will welcome former fellow Andre Adams to the cooking studio. Adams is an Olympian and owner of Snap Fitness Kenosha, as well as a certified fitness nutritionist.
“He will use his education and experience to help us raise money for future scholarships by giving the audience tips on ways to tweak recipes to make them more nutritious,” said Mahone Mosley.
Adams said she will provide a nutritional perspective on healthy substitutes and portion control to make health and fitness more sustainable.
The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Mahone Fund, which provides educational opportunities to economically and academically deserving youth while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. Created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of local social justice leaders and education advocates Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, the fund is a component of the Kenosha Community Foundation.
This year’s festival will include performances by internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Richard Elliott, as well as legendary Chicago blues artist The Mike Wheeler Band. The musical program will begin with a performance by Lake County favorite Lady A, followed by a 90-minute “Stepping for Academic Excellence” featuring Chicago-style DJ Tony Lane.
Advanced general admission tickets to the festival are $30 and $35 at the gate. VIP Lounge tickets — which include concert admission, food and beer, wine, soda and water — are $90 each.
More information about the festival, including how to purchase tickets, is available at https://www.mahonefund.org.