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Event Center to hold a night of comedy on May 19

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

A night of comedy and music to benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry will feature the hilarious combination of amazement and mirth from Magician and WBCL Radio personality Jim Barron, left. Christian Singer Songwriter Don Wharton, right, will also perform as the opening act. The show will be presented on Friday, May 19 at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.; Singer Don Wharton takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Barron cites Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as influential to his personal style of prestidigitation. Among his more unusual feats are escaping a strait jacket at halftime of a Fort Wayne Freedom football game and correctly predicting the exact score of a Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game before the first pitch.

Besides his unique brand of comedy and magic, Barron has been a broadcaster for many years with radio stations such as WOWO and WAJI. He is currently a personality on Fort Wayne’s WBCL Radio morning broadcast along with Larry Bower and Phil Reaser. The three were recently named the Spectrum Award winners by the Indiana Broadcasters Association for Best Morning Show in Indiana. Barron performs throughout the area at festivals, fairs and churches.

In 1979 Don Wharton left a position as full time teacher and baseball coach at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue music full time. Since then he has performed at over 3,000 churches, schools and conventions. His music ministry has led him to perform in all 50 states and in several foreign countries. He has written over 250 songs and has also written a novel, Conviction.

A highlight of Wharton’s performances is his recounting of how in 1993 he survived a plane crash in the Bering Sea near Nome, Alaska.

Tickets for the event are $12 and can be ordered by calling (260) 483-3508, and at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke. Sponsors are Dennis Grain and Tim Rooney or Stifel Financial. Food will be available for purchase from Moose & Mollie’s of Roanoke.