Cooperstown Teen Will Sign National Anthem For the Deaf at FrogFest 32
A Cooperstown teen will sign the National Anthem for the deaf at FrogFest 32.
17-year-old Maya Alexis isn't deaf but she's been speaking sign language since her mother used it with her as a baby. "I started to really learn it when I took a class freshman year."
That class, along with her American Sign Language (ASL) teacher, has inspired Maya to work in education. She's taking a gap year before heading to college to one day become either an elementary school teacher, or do something with ASL. "ASL has been an outlet for me to express myself, and has really helped me on my journey, all thanks to my ASL teacher."
During the COVID quarantine, Maya focused a lot of her extra time on ASL, learning to sign a few songs each week. "This is one of my favorite songs that I learned, Eddie Arcuri’s “Beer Goggles.”"
Arcuri is a FrogFest favorite and may just make a surprise appearance at Frogfest 32, September 18 at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds.
Eli Young Band will headline FrogFest 32, present by Curtis Lumber. Music kicks off at noon after the National Anthem from local bands Joe Vandresar with Kickin' It, Whiskey Creek, and Lonesome Dove's final show. Central New York natives Alexandria Corn and J Antonette will make the trip from Nashville to perform, followed by newcomers Dylan Jakobsen and Matt Farris.
Tickets are $23 in advance and can be purchased at Bigfrog104.com/frogfest or at any Price Chopper/Market 32 location. Tickets will also be available at the Herkimer County Fairground gates on September 18 for $28.