Saturday’s Day-long Party at The Marsh Street Centre

The Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg is celebrating its 90th anniversary this Saturday, June 10th with day-long activities priced for the whole community to enjoy.  It begins with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. hosted by the Lions club and culminates in a gala party in the evening with an all-star band playing musical selections from the past nine decades.

On the patio out back in the afternoon there will be a barbeque with beer and wine and live entertainment provided by Chris Scerri accompanied by Jon Zaslow and Kevin Campbell of The Travelling Thornburys.  The day will be filled with free events that range from historical displays to face painting for the kids.  And the evening gala provides a real bargain with a $15 ticket to see a band that Tyler Yarema has put together to take dancers through the decades, from 1920’s early jazz, through the swing era, bebop, 50’s rock, 60’s psychedelia and up to the present.  The evening is themed as a Roaring 20’s Dancehall Party, with revellers being encouraged to dress up as gangsters and flappers.  The Thornbury Community Theatre will provide a trip back in time to old time radio programs and vaudeville routines between sets.  Appetizers and anniversary cake are provided as part of the admission price.

The Marsh Street centre has been completely owned and operated by volunteers since they took over the building twenty years ago.  It is completely supported by fund raising events like this one and anyone who has been to them knows that a Marsh Street fundraiser has the real feel of a community party.  This one is going to be extra special because of the band.

It’s another event put together by Chris Scerri Presents and it includes many of the players who made the three fundraising concerts at Meaford Hall such a success (a Christmas show and two Rockin’ the Hall shows), led by the wide-ranging talent of musical director Tyler Yarema and featuring Gracie’s impressive vocal talents and the incredible guitar of John Bride.  Additional contributors this time out include The Shuffle Demons’ Richard Underhill, Maple Blues Bassist of the Year winner Alec Fraser, blues saxophonist Alison Young, and jazz drummer Chris Lamont.  This is much more than your average Saturday night band.  These guys have played with everybody who’s anybody and they have the chops to bring a musical retrospective to life.  It’s guaranteed that the joint will be jumping.

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