Laughs Were Contagious FEBRUARY 21ST At Our "NIGHT OF MAGIC & COMEDY" Starring Comic Magician JIM BARRON

and Vaudeville Style Comic Duo BOWER & NEDBERG!



ROANOKE – Elvis Presley fans celebrated “The King’s” birthday with a concert at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke Friday evening.

 The concert was hosted as a benefit for Northeast Indiana Honor Flight, a program that provides World War II veterans – and other veterans – with cost-free trips to Washington D.C. to visit various memorials for a day.

“Elvis’ Birthday Bash” featured rockabilly guitarist Kenny Taylor and his band, The Blue Moon Boys. Unlike performances by Elvis impersonators, Taylor’s concert honored Presley’s career and his influence on music.

“Tonight’s turnout is incredible,” Taylor said. “It’s very intimate and early. Most people who can’t go out to bars at night come here and see a show that you may see in a nightclub. I perform all kinds of stuff; I just like Elvis.”

Taylor and his band, named El’s Angels, for the evening, sang songs from the later part of Elvis’ career.

“I have a band of really good musicians, and twice a year we do Elvis stuff,” Taylor said. “We do Elvis stuff on his birthday and on the anniversary (of his death).”

Volunteers served pulled pork sandwiches, snacks and desserts before the show. Proceeds from food sales benefited the program as well.

Angie Kindler, one of the volunteers at Friday’s event, said she was impressed with the support attendees showed for the Honor Flight program.

“The veterans have served our country in a way that makes us free,” she said. “We cannot thank them enough for doing this. This is kind of a last hurrah for them, and it’s a small token of our appreciation for everything they have done to help every generation that follows.”

starring BOWER NORTH PRODUCTIONS from the Huntington Herald Press:

Solving the mystery

ROANOKE — The Cottage Event Center’s New Year’s Eve mystery dinner theater was a special event for one couple.

Melvin and Carol Lamphiear were celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary.

“I’ve always wanted to see this,” Carol Lamphiear said.

So, she called to make reservations, but to her dismay the production had already sold out.

“So, the lady taking reservations said she would see what she could do,” Melvin Lamphiear said.

The woman delivered as First Source Bank gave up two tickets to allow the Lamphiears a chance to see the production.

“I was thrilled, I just couldn’t believe it,” Carol Lamphiear said. “I said ‘Are you kidding me?’”

She said they love dinner shows, even though they’ve only seen one before.

“That’s what I wanted to do for our anniversary, I wanted to come here,” Carol Lamphiear said. “I was so disappointed when they told me it was sold out.”

Her favorite aspect is the comedy of the dinner theater, but she also enjoys a good whodunnit mystery as well. She isn’t very good at solving the mystery, she just enjoys watching it unfold, she said.

Melvin Lamphiear said they were married 51 years ago, when he was 19 and she was 16.

“I was in the Army, I extended my leave for a few days,” he said. “I had to go back to base and I didn’t see her for another month.”

The play, “Harry Ripley’s Birthday Blues,” was put on by Bower North Productions out of Fort Wayne. Larry Bower wrote the play and was also featured as the detective investigating the death of Harry Ripley, a big game hunter.

“Here’s the fun thing about the show: we pretend like an actor who is suppose to play Harry Ripley hasn’t shown up, so we get someone from the audience to play the body, basically,” Bower said. “All they have to do is die on stage with their one famous line: ‘Oh no, I’m dead.’”

The cast, which included around five people, randomly picked people from the audience to audition for the role of Ripley by singing “Happy Birthday.” The audience then decided who they liked the most and voted for the person to play Ripley.

“So, he’s dead at the top of the show with an African spear sticking out of him, so the rest of the show is for the audience to figure out who’s responsible and why,” Bower said.

He described the show as a “vaudeville comedy shtick, almost detective spoof for about 45 minutes.” At intermission, the crowd filled out a crime report and honored someone as the detective of the evening and revealed the true mystery.

The audience usually loves it for the humor.

“That’s a line we use, even if they don’t solve the crime you’ll have a good time, or you’ll die laughing as I like to say,” Bower said.

THE J TAYLORS "ROCKIN CHRISTMAS SHOW" provided a great assortment of both traditional and contemporary holiday musicas a fund raiser for the Parkview Huntington YMCA.  Thanks to our sponsors, DELANEY HARTBURG ROTH & GARROT and PRAIRIE PURE PORK.



 "Hyperactive Country with a Shot of Rock" filled the COTTAGE EVENT CENTER as high-powered Country band SUGAR SHOT performed at a fund raiser for the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.  Lead by Vocalist JEN FISHER and Fiddle Player GWEN TURNEY, the band's set ran the gamut from Country Classics like FOLSUM PRISON BLUES, ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL and COTTON EYED JOE to newer hits like PONTOON and BOOT SCOOTIN' BOOGIE.  The band also performed an original song, I WISH,  dedicated to members of the armed forces.  IAB BANK and DENNIS GRAIN sponsored the event.


     Hit tunes from the 50's thru the 70's filled the COTTAGE EVENT CENTER at "Rockin' For Riley" a fund raiser for Riley Children's Hopsital.  Indianapolis based band KLAS performed for over two hours as the dance floor stayed busy most the night.  Besides great music and dancing, the crowd enjoyed a variety of popular OLEY's Pizza and Salad, along with a variety of delicious homemade desserts provided by volunteers.

     The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the group's lengthy rendition of the SANTANA classic EVIL WAYS, featuring an amazing guitar solo by Dan Bourget, which resulted with many in the crowd giving him and the band a standing ovation.  Other highlights included a set of slow dance songs called their "Back Seat Medley" and the well-known favorite the "Old Time Rock & Roll Medley."


     Michigan duo Jeff Carr and Steven Ross Jahn put on a lively saluting Nashville icons WILLIE NELSON and TOBY KEITH show to a full house at the 2nd annual Roanoke Lions Club fundraiser.  The concert started with Jahn as Toby Keith, running through a series of Keith's hits like SHOULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, I LOVE THIS BAR, COURTESY OF THE RED WHITE & BLUE and RED SOLO CUP.  After a brief intermission which featured the raffling off a Fender Electric guitar (donated and autographed by the performers) Carr took the stage.  The crowd was obviously a Willie Nelson oriented audience, and the "RED HEADED STRANGER REVISITED" delivered.  He did songs ranging from WHISKEY RIVER, MAMA DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS, and PANCHO & LEFTY to CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY.  The finale featured both artists on stage joining forces to deliver ON THE ROAD AGAIN  and BEER FOR MY HORSES.

      The 1st Annual ANIMAL JAM featured music by AUTUMN GREY (occasionally with added guitar and vocals by host BARRIE FLEETWOOD) plus GARY WOOTEN (backed by special guest guitarist DAN HIGDON).  Added musical performances came from BARRIE & PAM'S daughter LAUREN HELMS (plus a soulful rendition of YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE by gran-daughter SOPHIA).  Attendees were also treated to a trio of solo acoustic guitar performances by COTTAGE bartender (and the Fleetwoods' nephew) KEVIN AMSTUTZ.

     Oley's Pizza and Dot's Cookies were popular munchies for the night.  A "Bucket Raffle" featuring a wide array of gift items and other treasures (including Club Seat tickets to a Colts preseason game) was unique fun and raised hundreds of dollars.

Magician Jim Barron & Comedian Craig Tornquist Raise A Cottage Full

Of Laughs For The Huntington Free Health Clinic

Comic Impressions and Crazy Illusions made the Cottage Event Center the FUN place to be May 17th, all to raise funds for the HUNTINGTON FREE HEALTH CLINIC.  Magician and WBCL personality JIM BARRON started off the evening with a hilarious array of tricks featuring a number of audience members as victims...participants.  Following Barron came the headliner of the festivities, Comedian CRAIG TORNQUIST.  Singing a variety of comic songs including "I'm My Own Grandpa" "Burger King of the Road" and a hip hop version of "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain."  In addition to crazy musical numbers, Tornquist also delighted the crowd with impersonations of celebrities like George Burns, Elvis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Kermit the Frog.

Christian Singer-Songwriter Don Wharton Shared Faith Based Music With Humor and a message of Hope.  His tale of surviving a plane crash in the Bering Sea while returning from a mission trip to the USSR brought home his deeply felt conviction that God can rescue anyone from any troubles.  The presentation was sponsored by the Roanoke Food Pantry.


Supporters of Huntington’s BOYS & GIRLS CLUB danced and partied to the seventies sounds of Journey, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top and more Friday night at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center with a fundraiser starring Indianapolis band TOLLGATE ROAD.

     The event, which featured not only classic rock and roll but Oley’s Pizza and colorful cupcakes, was not only a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club but also marked the one year anniversary of the Cottage Event Center.

     TOLLGATE ROAD lead singer and guitarist Mark Bailey barely stopped between songs as each set went non-stop for over an hour.  Next to Bailey Blues Harp Player Terry Carmony spiced up the music with harmonica playing reminiscent of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty.

 Bridal Showcase Helps Attendees Plan Their Special Day!

A full house of 20 vendors representing everything from caterers to cakes and disc jockeys to florists and more made our first Bridal Showcase on February 23rd a big hit!  We received many positive comments both from brides who attended and from vendors...look for this to be an annual event.


Popular singing duo SHADE N SHANNON brought back memories of Country legends JOHNNY CASH and PATSY CLINE in a sold out concert at the COTTAGE EVENT CENTER January 18th.  The show, which lasted nearly three hours, was a fundraiser for the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation in its capital campaign to move into a larger facility.

                Among the highlights of the performance were classic Cash and Cline songs FOLSOM PRISON BLUES, A BOY NAMED SUE, ONE PIECE AT A TIME,  and DADDY SANG BASS (CASH), plus WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT, CRAZY, and SWEET DREAMS (Cline).  Besides songs from the two Nashville icons, the performance also included hits by Elvis Presley (JAILHOUSE ROCK), Willie Nelson (ON THE ROAD AGAIN), Janis Joplin (ME AND BOBBY MCGEE) and even Michael Jackson (BILLIE JEAN).


for Roanoke Kiwanis

     Country Band PAUL STOUT COUNTRY brought the sounds of classic and contemporary Country Music in a Concert Friday, October 19th at the Cottage Event Center celebrating October as "Country Music Month."  The event was a fund raiser for the Roanoke Kiwanis.

     The band for over 2 hours to a crowd of over one hundred.  In addition to the entertainment, the Roanoke Kiwanis Club sold a variety of foods including Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches and various desserts.  The show opened with the Johnny Cash classic FOLSUM PRISON BLUES, and included songs from artists as diverse Garth Brooks, Conway Twitty, David Allen Coe, Big & Rich and John Mellencamp. Brandishing a wireless microphone, Stout walked throughout the audience several times, encouraging attendees to help him sing the lyrics.  Stout also played some of his original tunes including IT IS WHAT IT IS (the title of his most recent CD on GoForward Records), WHISKEY LOVE and a new composition, I HOPE YOU'RE CRAZY.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman Holds Legislative Update
At Cottage Event Center!

     Representative Marlin Stutzman, (R) Congressman from the 3rd District in Indiana, met with the public October 11th at the Cottage Event Center.  The Legislative Update event was open to the public and gave attendees the opportunity to discuss issues ranging from the economy to immigration to Washington Gridlock and the Farm Bill.  Stutzman previously appeared at the Cottage Event Center as the keynote speaker for the Huntington County GOP Lincoln Dinner.

Bower North Productions "TO CATCH A CLUE" Brings Hilarious Whodunit To The Cottage Event Center!

A packed house of over 120 would-be detectives were on hand for TO CATCH A CLUE featuring Bower North Productions.  The Comedy Mystery starred Fort Wayne TV and Radio personality LARRY BOWER as 'defective detective' John Fieldstone as he attempted to solve the mysterious murder of the Captain of the SS Whatamess.  The audience, after viewing the homicidal hijinks, filled out crime reports to see if their deduction was correct. 


Intermission at the event saw a special appearance by “Defective Detective John Fieldstone”, star of the Comedy Mystery Dinner Theater performance entitled TO CATCH A CLUE.  


On Friday, August 10th The COTTAGE EVENT CENTER in Roanoke was filled with the Tropical Country/Rock sound of Jimmy Buffet Friday as Indianapolis based Pilothouse Music recording artist CAPTN JAC played a concert to a sold out crowd.

                The event, sponsored by the Roanoke Lions Club, featured over two hours of Buffets’ most famous Island themed tunes, plus “Cheeseburgers in Paradise,” (inspired by the song of the same name), grilled by Lions members. 

               Playing a colorful yellow guitar emblazoned with Parrots, Captn Jac got the crowd singing with him on favorites such as FINS, NO SHOES NO SHIRT NO PROBLEM, SWEET CAROLINE and BROWN EYED GIRL.  He also played some original numbers including his latest, THE KEYS DISEASE, which will be featured on his upcoming CD ADVENTURES IN PARADISE.