Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mae West: Oakmont Elks' Belle

The Keystone State will feature MAE WEST, Little Orphan Annie, Elvis, and other American idols tomorrow night.
• • According to the Valley Dispatch News, Kathleen Sayers will be playing Mae West in the Oakmont Elks production of "Oldies With a Twist," an oldies event to be held this Saturday in the organization's Oakmont home. The dance will feature about seven nontraditional skits in which members perform in costume as some of their favorite singing stars.
• • Journalist Rex Rutkoski writes: In addition to the Village People, there will be "visits" from Mae West, Elvis Presley, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Little Orphan Annie, and a surprise vocalist from "Smokey Joe's Cafe," Elk Doug Fletcher says.
• • Rex Rutkoski offers this background: Marilyn McNally of Upper Burrell originated the "Oldies" idea about six years ago by spoofing some of the songs at the dances. "Two of my friends and I called ourselves 'The Stuff Shells' and performed a song by the Shirelles," she recalls. The idea caught on, and other Elk members decided to join in. The acts and performers have changed through the years, but it remains a good time for a good cause, she adds. Most of the performers also take part in the lodge's popular murder mysteries. "They are a group of talented and fun-loving people," McNally says. "It's very entertaining and more fun than a regular oldies dance." Elk Doug Fletcher of Oakmont agrees: "We are blessed with a number of outgoing personalities who jump at the chance to go before an audience. None are professionals, which seems to help rather than detract. We seem to have a level of camaraderie that makes it work for us."
• • "Oldies with a Twist" event on Saturday in the organization's Oakmont home will benefit the charity work of the Elks. Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • When: 8 o'clock on Saturday evening — — 26 September 2009
• • Where: Oakmont Elks, 106 Washington Avenue, Oakmont, Penna. 15139 — — RSVP: 412-828-1668
• • Photo Credit: Louis B. Ruediger | Valley News Dispatch
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• • Article: "Oakmont Elks offer fun with a 'Twist'"
• • BY: Rex Rutkoski | Staff Writer
• • Published in: The Valley News Dispatch — — 210 Fourth Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084
• • Published on: Thursday, 24 September 2009

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