About 200 guests came out to support Talbot Mentors, listening and dancing along to a group of local musicians in concert at the Historic Avalon Theatre on August 26. The Free And Eazy Group performed selections of 1920s and ’30s dance music to raise funds for the mentoring organization. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar added to the enjoyment of the evening.
The band’s Eastern Shore casual attitude had the audience laughing, as they discussed which piece to play next and offered anecdotes about their informal group.
Thanking mentor Peter Zukoski for donating the sound equipment for the evening, group spokesman and “gutbucket” player, Dick Nolker, related a story of one event where they played without benefit of sound equipment. “We asked if everyone in the back could hear us, and a few people called out that they couldn’t. Four people from the front row then got up and moved to the back.”
The ten-man Free And Eazy Group includes traditional dance band instruments plus banjo, guitar, mandolin and the gutbucket or washtub base (an Eastern Shoreversion, using a five-gallon birdseed bucket.) Donating their performance, they created a fun evening for the guests supporting Talbot Mentors’ efforts on behalf of the children of Talbot County.
Mentor Mike Kirby, who introduced and thanked the group and all who attended the fundraiser, also expressed his appreciation to board member Al Smith for underwriting the Avalon expenses. Noting that some children wait more than a year to be matched, Kirby encouraged those interested in mentoring to learn more about the program and volunteer.
For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.