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Tune in: Rumsey Radio Hour

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

Captain Hook (Mark Kraham) brings the Pirates of the Potomac to life for Rumsey Radio Hour listeners.

The popular Rumsey Radio Hour is returning as the Shepherdstown Library’s annual fall fundraising event. Shows will be on Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. All shows will be in Reynolds Hall on King Street in Shepherdstown.

The Rumsey Radio Hour features talented local musicians, poets and storytellers, combined with old-time radio sound effects. It’s Shepherdstown’s own version of “A Prairie Home Companion.” As Shepherdstown librarian Hali Taylor puts it, “This is a must-see show!”

Featured performers include Ethan Fischer as Johnny Dime the Poet of Crime, Mark Kraham, Phil Bufithis, Nina Geiger, and Clissy Funkhouser. Featured musicians are Singin’ the Bones, The Corsettes, Adam Booth on piano, and John Bardi. Clissy Funkhouser’s political protest song, “The Wrath of Path” may spark some interest. It’s been on YouTube as ‘stoppath.’

Saturday evening’s performance will be preceded by a dinner at the War Memorial Building at the corner of German and King Streets beginning at 6:00 for cocktails and 6:45 for the dinner.

Tickets for any of the shows may be combined with dinner tickets. Admission for the show alone is $10; children are $5. For dinner and the show, the charge is $35.

Proceeds from the show and dinner go to support Library programs, including the purchase of a DVD projector. Shepherd University makes Reynolds Hall available free of charge. The Shepherdstown Men’s Club does the same with the War Memorial Building. Other patrons donate by placing ads in the program.

Tickets are available at the Shepherdstown Library, at the intersection of King and German streets. For additional information or to order tickets, stop by the Library or contact them by telephone at 304-876-2783 or by e-mail at sheplibrary@yahoo.com.