Old-time music
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WILMINGTON- On Saturday, August 11, MHCA, formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, will present “August Dulcimer Daze” with Sally Rogers and her husband Howie Bursen, and the old-time music band “Doofus.” The performance will be at Memorial Hall, and will begin at 7:30 pm.

Rogers and Bursen have been building a national reputation at festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. Together, they have produced two albums: “Satisfied Customers,” and “When Howie Met Sally” (Flying Fish Records), and have appeared on “The Prairie Home Companion” show. Rogers has achieved national recognition as a solo performer and has served as Connecticut’s official state troubadour. Bursen is an all-round musician.

Doofus is a lively old-time band consisting of two couples: Neal and Coleen Walters and John and Heidi Cerrigione. Together they play guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, and acoustic bass. Musical sets usually include old-time, traditional, and sentimental songs and tunes, as well as more contemporary music. Each member of the band has years of experience teaching and playing with other groups. Doofus has released four CDs: “What Did We Leave Behind?” (1998), “Handful of Songs” (2000), “Relatively Serious” (2002), and “Stream of Time” (2006). All are collections of traditional, sentimental, and old-time songs and tunes.

In it 16th season, MHCA is operating this year without a formal box office. For a full listing of events and a form for ordering tickets by mail see memhall.org. Calendars and order forms are also available at the Mountaineer Inn, Handle Road, West Dover, and at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, Main Street. Patrons may also order tickets by calling (802) 464-8411 and leaving a message including all the information on the order form, or by leaving their name and phone number, and a person will return the call within 24 hours. Tickets will also be available at the door, by cash or check only.

General admission seating is $15 for adults, and $10 for students through high school. Doors will open at 6:45 pm.

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