Got Talent show comes with ‘lots of surprises’
By Maureen Robertson
With just days until the Ramona’s Got Talent show on Saturday evening, honorary mayor Sharon Davis stresses that the event is a fundraiser for Ramona Town Hall.
“Town Hall is owned by all the people of Ramona and can be a major resource and should be the centerpiece of our town,” said Davis.
To do that, money is needed, she said, encouraging a strong attendance at the second annual Ramona’s Got Talent benefit from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane.
In addition to what Davis said will be the “greatest show of the year” with “lots of surprises,” the event will feature a 9/11 tribute to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Ramona Town Hall Brass Band will play patriotic songs to accompany the tribute. State Sen. Joel Anderson is scheduled to talk as part of the Patriot Day tribute.
Advance tickets to the dinner and show are $30. Tickets at the door are $35.
“This is a stellar opportunity to support the efforts of the board of directors of Town Hall and support staff to return the historic building to the people of Ramona to use in a host of ways in the future,” said Davis. “Please help. We need you. If you cannot attend the show, please send a donation.”
Elvis and Beatles’ look-alike contests, twist and rock ‘n’ roll contests, a costume contest, Town Hall cops, a 1950s and ‘60s car show, “awards straight from Graceland,” a ‘50s’ diner-style car hop catered dinner, a ‘50s disc jockey, prizes and a talent show featuring “15 fabulous acts” are among plans for the evening.
An old-fashioned Coke and root beer float stand, popcorn, cotton candy, and opportunity drawings also are on the agenda.
Five Ramona Valley wineries will be pouring wine, and Nick Swifty and the Nifty ‘50s Band will add to the entertainment. Ken Serfass, director of the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band, commented this week that Nick Swifty looks a lot like him — but without the beard.
“As for the show, we will have Ramona Idol winners from last year and this year to perform,” said Davis. “We will have a swing dance team, lots of Elvis songs, and the Beatles, of course. You’ll even get to meet George, John, Paul, Ringo and Yoko Ono.”
The Ramona Rockettes have a big surprise planned, she continued, and the show also will feature instrumental solos and celebrity visitors.
The show’s presenting sponsor is Ramona Outdoor Community Center, and Davis is show director.
In July, Davis started her second two-year term as honorary mayor.
To earn that honor, she had to garner more votes — at $1 per vote — than her competitors. Two years ago she won the title by receiving 17,012 “votes,” more than her eight competitors combined.
This year she had no competition and was the automatic winner. But that isn’t stopping her from striving to raise as much money for the historic Town Hall as she can.
Advance tickets are available at The Original Old Town Antique Fair at 734 Main St., Charlotte’s Antiques at 939 Main St. and Ramona Chamber of Commerce at 960 Main St., or by calling Davis at 760-788-2509.
More information about the show and Ramona Town Hall is at ramonatownhall.com.
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