Granny’s Rodent Roadhouse will serve the meal, cans of opossum will be for sale and there will be lots of down-home fun when the Highland County Senior Citizens Center presents its annual Hee Haw Show on Saturday, July 29.
Some of that is tongue-in-cheek, of course, but Senior Center Executive Director Mechell Frost says the Hee Haw Show holds several fun surprises for those who attend.
“There’ll be lots of friendly characters cruising around to greet the guests and there might even be one with a opossum on a leash,” Frost joked. “We’ll have his and her ‘outhouses,’ last year toilet paper flew out of the outhouses into the audience, and there be will ‘pillow people’ dancing around. It’s one of our favorite events and a fan favorite.”
Tickets are $10 each for the show and the meal is an additional $5. The doors open at 5 p.m. when dinner starts being served, and the show starts at 6 p.m.
The menu is ham loaf (formed into the shape of a opossum), slaw, chips and tea. Other snack items will be for sale during the show.
“Ham loaf is so easily shaped into a opossum that we couldn’t resist doing that,” Frost said. “They’ll serve it up fresh for you right on the spot.”
The cast is made up entirely of senior center members and employees. They write their own comedy skits, play and sing all the music, and even serve the meal.
“It’s just good comedy with great live vocal and instrumental music, and we enjoy helping people have a fun and enjoyable evening. Our membership does it all and they’re very talented,” Frost said.
The ham loaf is being donated by Community Markets and First Financial Bank is making two opossum-shaped cakes, one that will be given away and one that will be raffled off.
The center will also be selling “cans of opossum” for $2 each.
“People buy them as gag gifts or they make great stocking stuffers or paper weights. They’re just something that kind of makes people smile,” Frost said.
Tickets are currently on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center or online at www.highlandseniors.com. There may be tickets at the door, but Frost said there is a limit of 200 and they usually go fast.
“If you’ve seen the show before there’s new material and if you haven’t come on down and have some fun,” Frost said.
The senior center also has two other upcoming events that are open to the public.
On Wednesday, July 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it will host a US Foods Show where those attending can sample all the US Foods they can eat for $5 per person.
On Saturday, Aug. 5 it will host Bacon Bingo, where game winners will be awarded packages of bacon. The doors open at noon and cards are 25 cents per card, per game. The center will raffle off a mini Whirlpool refrigerator that day and will only be selling tickets to those present. There will also be an opportunity to win Cincinnati Bengals items.
For more information call the center at 937-393-4745.
Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.