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The Ashland Museum is thrilled to announce the third and final installment of its 2019 History Talks, “The Complicated and Hilarious History of the Ashland Musical Variety Show!”

Show directors Sue Watson and Lorie Foley will present a multimedia retrospective of the first 35 years of the show at the Ashland Theatre on March 10, 2019. Two presentations are scheduled, with one showing at 1:00 p.m. and the other at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each, with proceeds benefitting the Ashland Museum and offsetting the cost of theatre rental. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum’s web site.

Sue Forbes Watson co-founded the Ashland Musical Variety Show in 1982 as fundraising event for the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. The show has been performed every other year since 1983, with Lorie Foley joining the production team in 1997. Construction plans for R-MC’s Blackwell Auditorium prevented the show from being held this year.

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center is producing a special commemorative program for the event. As it has in the past, the program will allow local businesses to promote their products and services through sponsorships. Individuals may also submit special “memories” and personal photos of the Ashland Musical Variety Show that will be published in the program. Proceeds from the memories and sponsorships will directly benefit the nonprofit Center, which has relied on the variety show for funding for the past 37 years. Ad prices will vary depending on size and placement within the program. The charge for submitting a memory is $15. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 22nd. Visit the Center’s website for complete information.

The March 10th presentations will feature Watson and Foley outlining the history the Ashland Musical Variety Show and its various performers and volunteer supporters over the years. Tom Wulf of WulfTeam Productions is providing video clips of the show’s development process and notable numbers, which will be shown throughout the presentations. Wulf has served as the variety show’s video producer since 2001.

Tickets for the two presentations are expected to sell out quickly, as thousands of area residents have contributed to the show since its inception. Ticket sales, sponsorships, and memory submissions will help the Center and Museum continue to offer great cultural and educational programs to the Ashland/Hanover community.