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February 23, 2014

Poke Sallet Follies in 22nd year, honors 'Home Sweet Home'

What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A barrel of monkeys you don’t have to clean up after.

Come out, enjoy a great meal, sit back and relax, be entertained by a troop of dedicated performers, stand up and walk out the door. No one will call you back to clear tables, wash dishes or sweep up.

Where else can you get a better deal for $35?

This year’s Poke Sallet Follies show, “Home Sweet Home,” directed for the second year by Stacey Givens, celebrates the joys of living in Athens. As usual, there will be laughs, great music and surprises when the Primetime Players take the stage on March 6, 7 and 8.

Tickets remain for all three nights and are on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Athens Senior Center at 912 W. Pryor St. If you can’t make it there during the daytime, tickets are also being sold Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center. No tickets will be held and all must be paid for at the time of purchase. Checks may be made payable to the Foundation on Aging.

Proceeds from Poke Sallet go directly to fund senior programs and augment the services of the Senior Center.

Some of this year’s acts will include an especially lively but poignant father/daughter dance in which veteran Poke Sallet performers take a turn on the stage with their daughters who represent the next generation of Poke players as the show celebrates its 22nd year.

There are also acts to tickle the funny bone, such as “Long Table Skit” in which an upper-crust couple settles their differences by remote control. There will be the “Silhouette” performance in which dancers transfer to amazing shapes behind a thin screen.

You’ll learn what actually goes through the minds of Athens City Council members as they meet to guide the business of our fair city. You’ll also get a glimpse of sports fanatics in the stands.

To tell you any more would give away the surprises. Come and see for yourself.

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