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Cabaret night returns to Worthington

Event coordinator Jan Roby said last year’s performance drew roughly 130 people and was considered a success.

“We are very excited to be doing this again,” Roby said. “Last year it was wonderful and people really had a great time.”

The cabaret will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Worthington Historical Society. Finger foods will be available from local farms and there will be a cash bar. A free drink will be given to anyone who comes in costume.

“People can come dressed in costumes of the period or really any way they want to. We don’t expect them to be in ’20s or ’30s dress,” Roby said “I know some people that have just said they plan to dress up.”

This year the featured artists include singer Shepley Metcalf of Cambridge, who specializes in performing songs from the 1920s through 1940s.

Jim K. & Co., a band that is known for getting the crowd up and dancing, will bring their blend of blues and rock to the party as well.

Also included in the musical lineup are Joe Silberschmidt and Lincoln Fishman.

Roby said the inspiration for the first cabaret came to her when she heard Metcalf’s soulful voice.

“She had a very nice voice. Then I thought to myself, ‘Hey, she would be a great in a cabaret setting,’ and that is how it all happened,” Roby said.

Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society are hosting the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will be split between both groups.

“Both of these organizations operate on a shoestring, so I thought it would be a good idea to make this a benefit,” Roby said.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Corners Grocery and the Worthington Library. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information contact Roby at 238-5593.

The event is supported in part by grants from cultural councils of area Hilltowns including Plainfield, Worthington, Cummington, Goshen and Chesterfield.

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