World Premiere of “On This Day” at Wellington’s 4th


AW Contest Winner Carly Cantor Will Sing
World Premiere of “On This Day” at
Village of Wellington’s July 4th Celebration!

Wellington, FL – On July 4th, 2021, at the Village of Wellington’s free 4th of July celebration, the AW singing contest winner, 12-year-old Carly Cantor (of Royal Palm Beach), will be singing the new original song “On This Day,” written by Jon Frangipane (91 years old and from Fort Lauderdale).  Cantor auditioned for this contest and blew the judges away in her pitch-perfect audition.  See the audition:

Young singer Carly Cantor, 12 years old

The young, talented singer is a former winner of Wellington Idol and has sung the National Anthem at many events throughout Palm Beach County. Cantor says, “When I was first introduced to the song “On This Day,” I thought it was well composed. I liked the simplicity of the lyrics, but also the power in it. I was also excited about the competition experience. Everyone was very friendly and genuine, which I really appreciated. I’m grateful that I was chosen and I’m glad I could have this experience.”

The three judges of the singing competition were: songwriter/pianist Jon Frangipane, singer/former Wellington Idol judge Julie Schrager, and songwriter/editor of’s Krista Martinelli. The auditions took place at Village Music in Wellington on June 3rd

Songwriter and jazz pianist Jon Frangipane has a long career of both playing and writing music.  He has shared the stage, as well as meals, with such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Liza Minnelli. At 91-years-old, he is still going strong, writing music and humorous pieces for, the online magazine.  Mr. Frangipane will be joining Cantor on stage on the 4th of July to present her with a check for $250. 

Songwriter Jon Frangipane

As a composer, Frangipane felt the need for a peaceful anthem that reflects our changing times, takes pride in our country and has an inclusive feel to it.  Frangipane (of Fort Lauderdale), who was the founder and editor of Lighthouse Point Magazine for over ten years has never been shy about putting his opinions into print, as he did regularly when writing his letter from the editor for LHP Magazine.  Read more about Jon Frangipane.

In 1999, Jon Frangipane and Krista (Koontz) Martinelli started the Fort Lauderdale Writers Group together. Even today, it serves an opportunity for writers to showcase their work and get a critique from their peers.  In 2005, Frangipane convinced Martinelli to start a magazine of her own.  He mentored Martinelli, who left the corporate world and launched AroundWellington® Magazine in 2006.  In 2009, AroundWellington made the move to becoming online only ( and just recently re-branded to become “AW.”  With a powerful advisory board (see the committee), AW is headed for big things in the coming year.

“I love this song ‘On This Day’ by Jon Frangipane,” adds Martinelli.  “And I’m so proud of our talented young singer Carly Cantor.  I’m excited to introduce her on stage on July 4th at about 9pm.”  Additionally, a brief documentary video about the process from auditions to song writing to finale on stage on the 4th is being produced by Monica Kallas of SharpShooter Marketing Group in conjunction with 

12-year-old AW Contest Winner Carly Cantor of Royal Palm Beach

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4th of July Celebration

If you’re looking for family-friendly 4th of July entertainment this year, look no further than the Village of Wellington!

Event Details

  • Sunday, July 4th at Village Park in Wellington
  • Entertainment & Activities 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Krista Martinelli of AW will introduce Carly Cantor, who will sing the original song “On This Day” at approximately 9pm
  • Carly Cantor will also sing the National Anthem at 9:10pm
  • Fireworks begin at 9:15 PM
  • FREE to attend

Masks are recommended. Please observe CDC social distancing guidelines and remain courteous and respectful to fellow attendees.  Visit the Village of Wellington’s event page for more details about this event.  

Free Family Fun in Wellington on July 4th

Activities include:

  • Bounce houses
  • Crazy Games
    • Bowling pin ring toss
    • Honey comb races
    • Hopper ball races
    • Parachute races
    • Soccer target shoot
  • Inflatable Corn Maze
  • Inflatable Slides
  • Inflatable Obstacle Courses
  • Petting Zoo
  • Wall Climb

Traditional Games

Challenge your friends and family to traditional Americana games!

  • Apple pie eating contest 
  • Watermelon eating contest
  • Egg-and-spoon races
  • Hula Hoops Challenge
  • Sack Races


Attendees may also visit one of the many vendors on site or give the gift of life by donating blood at OneBlood’s Big Red Bus®.

For more information about the AW Contest and song, visit:

For interviews, Contact Krista Martinelli, 561-389-0252 

Krista Joy Martinelli


(561) 389-0252

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