The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 22, 2014

Poking fun for a good cause: Poke Sallet tickets available Feb. 10

By Lora Scripps

— By Lora Scripps

Watch out — the Prime Time Players are at again. And this time they’re just glad to be home.

The Prime Time Players are gearing up for Poke Sallet Follies 2014: “Home Sweet Home.”

The show will run from Thursday through Saturday March 6-8, at the Athens Senior Center.

The group, known to poke a whole lot of fun for a good cause, is planning to do it again and at the same time celebrate their hometown. Handpainted murals of Athens landmarks will surround the stage and auditorium and skits will focus on the joys of living in a small town.

Tickets are $35 and will be available at the Senior Center, at 912 West Pryor St., beginning Feb. 10. Doors will open at 7 a.m. for early ticket sales.

Tickets will also be available after Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 5-8 p.m. Monday nights.

Organizers said no tickets could be held and all must be paid for at time of purchase. Payment is cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to “Foundation on Aging.”

The Poke Sallet Follies is a fundraising event hosted by the Foundation for Aging board each spring. The three-night dinner provides a dose of music and comedy and showcases a number of local politicians and dignitaries.

It’s been 22 years since Athens residents Harriette Rost, Helen Carter, Martha Jo Leonard and the late Tom Rost and Mary Thompson devised the county’s first Poke Sallet event as a way to raise additional funds for the community’s senior needs.

Harriette Rost penned the name Poke Sallet Follies. She previously told The News Courier it was because the wild antics in various skits reminded her of the pokeweed that “comes up in the spring and grows wild.”

The first show in 1992 raised about $5,000. Today, the event raises between $18,000 and $20,000 annually.

— Karen Middleton contributed to this article.