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Boy Scouts and Showboat Host “Dinner Theatre” Experience

Vicksburg Boy Scouts Troop 251 sell tickets for spaghetti dinner and Showboat combo ticket.
Vicksburg Boy Scouts Troop 251 sell tickets for spaghetti dinner and Showboat combo ticket.

The 62nd Vicksburg Rotary Club Showboat is right around the bend with performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. A matinee on Sunday, March 1 is set for 2 p.m.

For folks who would like to dine on spaghetti and meatballs, Boy Scout Troop 251 is offering a fabulous opportunity to enjoy dinner and the show on the first two nights of the show, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Vicksburg High School cafeteria.

This is the second year for a combination dinner and Showboat ticket to be offered by the scouts and the sponsoring Rotary club. The scouts have been staging a spaghetti dinner for several years and have their team of epicurean chefs preparing the food under the auspices of Jim Butler in the kitchen and Dan Gettle as head of the organizing committee.

Troop 251 will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015, beginning with the spaghetti dinner, with other events planned throughout the year. They were actually chartered in 1917 but saw its charter lapse and be reinstated in 1939. They have been in business ever since, helping to implant the moral and ethical values they espouse in Vicksburg area young people, according to Kevin Borden, the current scoutmaster. The troop’s numbers have been growing steadily with twelve scouts in the various stages of the challenging process to become Eagle scouts. “Scouting is a way of life,” Borden says as he believes he and the other adult leaders are building future citizens.

Ken Heikes, Dan Gettle, Jim Butler, and Don Anstead, support the Boy Scouts’ spaghetti dinner as the kitchen help.

The combo ticket is a fundraiser for the scouts and the Rotary Club in this partnership. It provides $2 off the price of the regular ticket, plus a $1 reduction in the meal cost, for a total of $15 for dinner and the show, according to ticket chairperson Steve Goss. For kids less than 14 years of age, the dinner/show combo is $12 and for those who want just the dinner it is $8. For kids 14 and younger without the show, it’s $5 and those under five years of age, it’s free. Tickets will be available at Hill’s Pharmacy several weeks before the show by calling 649-1476 or stopping in at their Main Street store in Vicksburg. Walk-ins the night of the shows will be able to purchase the combo tickets or either the dinner or show at full-price.

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