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Clear Spring Lions' minstrel show is this weekend

March 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Continuing a community tradition of more than a half century, the Clear Spring Lions Club's 57th annual minstrel/variety show will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Clear Spring High School auditorium.

"Lions Showcase the Legends" is the theme this year with music and skits performed by members in this largest fundraiser of the year for the club.

Proceeds supports projects such as scholarship awards, eye examinations and eyeglasses for needy children, Girl and Boy Scout programs, Little League baseball, youth soccer, Destination Imagination, athletic awards, American Heritage essay contest awards, funds for Clear Spring fire and ambulance companies and the Clear Spring Library.

Also receiving support are the Lions community food bank, Maryland Eye Bank, the leader dog program, hospital equipment and diabetes screenings.

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Burma Miles is directing this year's show with Allison Kriner on the keyboard, W.T. Fleming on rhythm guitar and Dan Fleming on the saxophone.

Dan Fleming is also the emcee for the 22nd year in a row and David Vance is the sound engineer.

Tom Knode, with 40 years in the show, heads the entertainers and will be joined on stage by W.T. Fleming, Don Mellott and Norris Belt.

Pre-show entertainment, which begins an hour before each show, is supplied by the Tri-State Stage Band directed by Bernie Wolfe.

In addition to a number of songs from country to rock 'n' roll, there will be several skits including Bed Time Story with Uncle Spud, The News Intern and Redneck Family Park 2 - A Visit from Mama.

Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children, and are free for preschoolers. They are available in advance at Clear Spring Hardware, the Sunrise Handi Mart at St. Paul Road, or from any Clear Spring Lion or cast member.

For more information or tickets, call Betsy Mellott at 301-842-23203 or Harry Bryan at 301-582-1946.

Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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