Shepherdstown's always-popular Rumsey Radio Hour is back in 2012 with two shows and the return of the Roadkill Cafe Gala Dinner. A special one-hour benefit show will be performed at the Shepherdstown Opera House on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., with the proceeds from the show going to the Shepherdstown Public Library.
The second show will again take place live on stage at the Shepherd University Frank Center, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. It will be preceded by the Roadkill Cafe Dinner at the Wellness Center, on Shepherd University campus next to the Frank Center, at 6 p.m.
Capacity will limit seating at both the Friday night show at the Opera House and at the dinner, so please plan ahead to buy tickets. The Frank Center event sold out last year, even with a large seating capacity. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Shepherdstown Public Library and the Four Seasons Book Store on German Street. To buy tickets via phone, please call the Thomas Shepherd Inn at 304-876-3715 between the hours of 9 a..m. and 7 p.m.
Advance tickets for the show will be priced at $15 each or two for $25. Individual tickets for the dinner will be priced at $35. A date night package is available of two dinner tickets and two show tickets for $90, available as space allows at the dinner. Tickets will also be sold at the door if space is still available for $20 each.
Performed originally from 1989 to 1995 and revived in 2004, the Rumsey Radio Hour is Shepherdstown's version of National Public Radio's Prairie Home Companion. It features music and comedy, with a full array of old-time radio sound effects performed by students from Shepherd University's communication department.
This year's show will feature many of the stars of past shows, including Mark Kraham, Clissy Funkhouser, Phil Bufithis, Adam Booth, Todd Coyle, Don Oehser and Laura First. Look for new sketches featuring the Pirates of the Potomac and Dr. Lucas.