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Join us April 20 for another wonderful evening of dining and entertainment when Logan Theatre Group returns to Hocking Hills Resort. This time, the talented group of local actors will perform a musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the buffet. Chef Miller plans a 50′s diner-style buffet, including a make-it-yourself ice cream sundae bar for dessert.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – The time of the action is an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentines Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends both human and non-human and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. Based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner. Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer. Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Licensure by Tams-Witmark.
Wear your favorite Peanuts character’s clothes/accessories/outfits and win a prize!
The $25 cost includes the show and an all-you-can-eat buffet catered by the Grouse Nest Restaurant. Call 740-332-1902 for reservations.
Once again the Logan Theatre Group will perform at Hocking Hills Resort. The Grouse Nest Restaurant will serve a Southern-style buffet for this delightful dinner theater. Join us at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 19, for the interactive mystery, Cafe Murder–a perfect finale for a day of hiking during the 48th annual Winter Hike in Hocking Hills.
Rosemary Saint-John is a loud, annoying hypochondriac convinced she is allergic to water. Celebrating her birthday at a restaurant with her four kooky sisters–a hippie, a valley girl, a trucker and a banker–Rosemary makes enemies with everyone around her. When she disappears and is presumed murdered, the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are the audience members, who must cast their vote. Was it one of Rosemary’s sisters, a self-taught detective, the passionate French chef, the polite and proper mâitre d’, or the sarcastic waiter? No one is above suspicion in this delightful dinner theatre murder mystery! Whether you are young or old, you’ll find lots of laughs at this café!
Cast of Characters:
Maitre’d – Tom Moorman – host and manager of a restaurant
Rosemary – Glennda Trimble – unbearable hypochondriac celebrating and complaining through her own birthday party
Marjorie – Thelma Farmer – Rosemary’s sister; conservative banker
Melanie – Kat Givens – Rosemary’s sister; peace-loving hippie
Valerie – Holly Dudley – Rosemary’s sister; ditzy Valley girl
Volleny – Rob Stivison – Rosemary’s sister/brother; a rugged truck driver
Chef – Alexander Almeida – charming French chef
Waitress – Lee Carter – serving Rosemary’s party
Harris – Suzanne Moorman – self-taught detective called in to investigate the murder
Wait Staff – Jed Johnson, Lily Porter, Bryan Moorman, Faith Moorman
Directed by: Marcia Jeffrey and Scot Givens
Don’t miss out! Call 740-332-1902 or 740-332-4501 for reservations.
All of us here at Hocking Hills Resort and Grouse Nest Restaurant would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Feed the People benefit for the Southeast Ohio Food Bank and Hocking County food pantries. Guests sprinkled the evening with comments like “The food and service is awesome,” “The music is incredible,” and “The banquet hall is beautiful and magical.” Magical describes the overall ambiance that evening. Thank you again, everyone who showed up and gave generously to the cause. Your enthusiasm and kindness made Feed the People a truly wonderful event.
Special thanks to the bands, Traditional Plus and Northwood Highs, and to US Foods, Laurelville Fruit Farm, The Ridge Inn, pie maker Debbie Karst, photographer Eric Hoffman, artist Carol Shumate, Natural Remedy Massage, The Village Cafe, The Windchime Shop and artist Stephanie Williams. Although small, the auction generated $500, bringing the total funds raised to $1,810. I also want to give a special thanks to owners Randy and Melody Strickland for their desire to help those in need and for supplying the prime rib and the venue for the event. Last–but not least–thanks to all the employees at Grouse Nest Restaurant and Hocking Hills Resort who donated their time and effort to make the event a success.
We plan to do it again next year and make it even bigger, so mark your calendar for the second annual Feed the People dinner party at the Grouse Nest. As we move along in the upcoming year, I will post a date and information. In the meantime, anyone who would like to donate items for the 2013 Feed the People silent auction could call us at 740-332-1902.
Two wonderful bands will play at the Hocking Hills Resort & Grouse Nest Restaurant fundraiser, Feed the People. As promised in a previous post, I have some background information on the bands.
Traditional Plus starts the evening with their special brand of American roots music
The family of the late musician, artist and historical storyteller Lew Sowers will open the Feed the People fundraiser at 6 pm with their traditional American roots music. Anna Allen, Lew’s sister and a gifted musician and artist in her own right, says that music connects her with her family.
“I feel music is in my blood,” she says, “and it’s come down through the generations. The type I like best is mountain music. It’s my beautiful cultural heritage.”
Another talented sister in the band, Waldena, also finds inspiration in her Appalachian roots. “I really like 1930′s Depression era music,” she says. “My favorites include the Carter Family and Doc Watson.”
Waldena’s husband, Dale, plays guitar for the family band. “I enjoy the challenge of finding the arrangements for three distinct lead singers who have three distinctly different tastes in music,” he says. “I like the challenge of doing this with minimal acoustic instruments.”
Waldena and Dale’s son, Johnny, also plays guitar in the band. “We play an eclectic mix of blues, mountain music and jazz,” he says. “We call it traditional music plus blues. I’d also call it roots music, American music.”
The fifth member of the group is Johnny’s wife, Cara, who’s voice adds a touch of blues to the mountain mix. “I enjoy singing old blues and the more soulful music of the 30′s era,” she says. “I like how a lot of our music from the 60s onward was influenced by early blues, which most people are not aware of.”
Northwood Highs top off the evening with acoustic rock and folk
Jeremiah Payne and Tyler Stump started playing music together back in high school. As students at OSU, they began playing full time. Jeremiah plays rhythm and lead guitar, the ukelele and banjo, as well as lead vocals. Tyler plays guitar, banjo and cajon (otherwise known as the box drum).
I have had their demo CD for several months and have listened to it countless times–yes, they are that good! Jeremiah’s plaintive voice, along with guitars and banjo, creates fresh and exciting versions of old favorites, from Pink Floyd to Johnny Cash. They also write original songs.
“We love to write new music,” Jeremiah says, ” and we’re traditionally pretty discrete about what our writing is about but we’re very open to discussion when someone brings it up. We want to create music that anyone can relate to within their own interpretation without the influence of what we had in mind when we wrote it, and we love hearing about others’ interpretations. I would say our style of music is an alternative folk/bluegrass/rock with a brand new twist on it.”
Northwood Highs will take the stage around 8 pm. You can hear samples of their music on their Facebook fan page.
Just a reminder, coming up this weekend (Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012) is the Dinner Theater here at Hocking Hills Resort. The Grouse Nest Restaurant will cater a pasta buffet beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7 pm the Logan Theatre Group will perform “Almost, Maine,” a wonderful play about love, magic and Northern Lights. Cost is only $17.50 per person. Call 1-800-222-4655 for reservations. Scroll down for complete menu.
The New York Times writes “…a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.”