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Second 'Breakfast in Waynesboro' show slated for October

September 04, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - It has been two months since John Shindledecker first staged "Breakfast in Waynesboro," and he's already gearing up to again mimic the well-known radio show Waynesboro native Tom Breneman hosted more than 50 years ago.

Shindledecker's plan is to again infuse family-appropriate comedy into an audience-driven performance broadcast live on radio station WJEJ of Hagerstown.

While he hopes this Oct. 7 "Breakfast in Waynesboro" is as lighthearted as the first, the event at the Waynesboro Elks Club also is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

"We want to have some fun, but we want to put something serious into it," Shindledecker said.

Proceeds from the $10 tickets for breakfast and the show benefit two local breast cancer associations, which have guest speakers scheduled to make presentations during the event.

"I lost a sister to breast cancer five years ago," Shindledecker said. "With the last six months, it was horrific."

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Following the continental breakfast, served at 8 a.m., Shindledecker and several guests will pair with attendees, present awards and draw names for prizes, including a ruby wishing ring reminiscent of the ones frequently distributed by Breneman.

A new segment in the works is being called "Who's behind the kitchen door?"

"We do urge, as a big part of the show, that the ladies wear their hats," Shindledecker said. The Red Hat Society made a strong presence at his first show and has already reserved seats for this one, he said.

The first show was part of WaynesboroFest 2006 and brought visitors from Hagerstown, Chambersburg, Pa., and Greencastle, Pa.

"We had quite a receptive audience. When I got home that day, my answering machine was full of messages from people that heard it on the radio," Shindledecker said.

He's now looking to incorporate a visit from Santa Claus into a Christmas show and has been working on taking the performance to other towns.

"The show does appeal to all ages. It is a corny type of comedy," Shindledecker said.

Tickets are being sold at Savage Family Pharmacy, 604 E. Main St., and also are available by calling 717-762-4752.

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