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Yesteryear - Sept. 2, 2015

32 YEARS AGO -- Aug. 28 - Sept. 2, 1983

Posted: September 1, 2015 4:27 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Broadway, blues and bluegrass, Cokes and popcorn, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Sounds like a party. And that’s just what the Fine Arts Center Gala will be -- a huge party for all ages from 7-9 p.m. at the arts center.

Three affiliate clubs of the FAC -- the Camden Community Theatre, Camden Music Club, and Camden Film Society -- have joined forces to host the gala to open their season ticket sale campaigns for 1983-1984. There is no admission or refreshment charge for the gala. 

The FAC’s new artist-in-residence, Sarah Johnson, will be mistress of ceremonies.

Inside the Douglas-Reed House, pianist Betty Blackwell will play pop tunes while guests enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Arlene Stover, who captivated her audience during last May’s MAD Festival with her blues and jazz vocals, will entertain again.

Grant Vosburgh will reprise his show-stopping rendition of “Kansas City” from last spring’s CCT production of “Oklahoma!” Celeste Hudson, another crowd pleaser from “Oklahoma!” and numerous other CCT productions will sing a comedy number from “The Most Happy Fella.”

CCT veteran performer John McCarney will sing a medley of favorite songs, and Little Traci James, daughter of Barbara and Tommy James, will sing “Let Me Be There in Your Morning.”

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Photo caption: Mary Ellen Jordan discusses last minute details with performers Joan Strickland, Grant Vosburgh, and Traci James.

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Photo caption: Lise Swensson, first director of the Fine Arts Center, poses in front of the newly completed Carroll K. Bassett Memorial Building. At right is a caricature created by Camden-born cartoonist Jak Smyrl. The caricature was a farewell gift to Ms. Swensson from the membership of the FAC and was a one of a number of gifts presented to her at the annual meeting of the FAC Tuesday.

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Photo caption: Camden Primary School registered its first ever set of triplets last week for kindergarten. Bernice Robinson, a second grade teacher at Pine Tree Hill School, registered her 5-year-old triplets Jenarda, Jenee and Jeanine with principal Foy Thompson.

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Staff Sgt. Earnestine D. Elder, daughter of Henry Dinkins of Rural Route 2, Rembert, has participated in Global Shield 83, an exercise involving U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and elements of the Canadian forces. Elder is with the 2nd Combat Support Group at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

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Airman Gwen C. Mills, daughter of James F. and Marion B. Phillips of Rural Route 3, Kershaw, has been assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., after completing Air Force basic training. She is a 1978 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, Kershaw.

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