Gary Vidito presents ‘WWII: A Survivor’s Story’

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On Monday at 7:30 p.m. the Stephen Foster Music Club will host the World War II program “WWII: A Survivor’s Story,” presented by Bardstown resident Gary Vidito at the Bardstown Civic Center at 321 S. Third St.

Vidito portrays his father, Jewel Marcus Vidito, who was aboard the USS Susan B Anthony during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. The ship struck two mines as she approached Omaha Beach and sank within minutes. All 2,800 men aboard were rescued, making it the largest sea rescue of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The story became the topic of an episode of the History Channel’s “Deep Sea Detectives.”

In his program, Vidito (dressed in WWII Navy uniform) talks about the causes and results of the war and sings the songs of the era playing his father’s guitar.

Vidito is perhaps best known as the banjo player for “The Stephen Foster Story” in Bardstown, a role he’s played for 30 years. In addition to “WWII: A Survivor’s Story,” he is the creator of the Civil War show “A Nation Once More.” Vidito also sings the songs of John Denver in his show “Take Me Home Country Roads,” which will be presented in August as part of the Stephen Foster Music Club’s Summer Concert Series.

There will also be a display of WWII items in the foyer of the Civic Center the night of the concert, provided by the U.S. Military Museum, which is part of Museum Row.

The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served following the concert.

The Stephen Foster Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs, and seeks to promote awareness and appreciation of music, especially American music and artists. For more information about the Music Club or its programs, call (502) 507-8543.