Tickets on sale for Possum Hollow Ruritan swing concert

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Tickets are available for the Possum Hollow Ruritan Club’s annual jazz and swing music concert next month.

The event, which has evolved into the club’s largest annual fundraiser over the past decade, is from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Planters Club. The cost is $25 per person.

Entertainment for the afternoon is being provided by Chuckatuck natives Joe and Jack Byrd, whose brother was the late world-renowned guitarist Charlie Byrd; Pat Curtis and Tommy Newsom. Newsom was a band leader on Johnny Carson’s &uot;Tonight Show&uot;.

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Complimentary refreshments will be served.

With the number of tickets limited due to space, Jack Eure, a club spokesman, anticipates they will be quick to go.

&uot;We’ve sold out early for the past few years,&uot; said Eure. &uot;We have a good number of tickets remaining right now but we’ve been getting a lot of calls.&uot;

For a $100 donation, a person or company can be a festival patron and get one ticket and name in the program. A donation of $250 makes the contributor a sponsor, who gets two tickets and a name in the program.

All of the proceeds from the event – usually about $1,700 – are funneled back into the community through a plethora of community projects: college scholarships and contributions to local organizations, including the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department, the Isle of Wight Rescue Squad, Meals on Wheels, 4-H Clubs, the Nansemond Indian Tribe, Zuni Presbyterian Home, and Smithfield YMCA.

But helping get an ambulance available in the Chuckatuck community has been the group’s most significant project, said Eure.

&uot;That has been a major priority for the club every since we formed 12 years ago,&uot; Eure said. &uot;Right off the bat, it became a primary project for us.&uot;

&uot;We are real pleased to see that it has finally happened,&uot; Eure said. Among the items the club has funded over the years include black bags, backboards and other equipment for the Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad, Eure said.

Since the city stationed an ambulance at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department last year, the club’s donations have been used to purchase equipment for that ambulance.

For tickets, call Mary Ann Eure at 255-4756.