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The new Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley would like to sincerely thank all those who made the recent Meetinghouse Melodrama Fundraiser possible. The event was a great success, and we raised money and awareness for this historic treasure in need of our attention.

In particular, I would like to thank Robert Adam, chairman of the Meetinghouse; Patty McDonald, who delivered our sold-out house; Meredith Marcinkewicz, who helped in planning and brought us the fabulous Ukelele Ladies (Vicky Landry, Rhonda Caisse & Marie Elwyn); our Olio performers Ellsworth & Hicks, Joe Michaud, Susan Hill, and Susie Michaud (as Charlie Chaplin); our director, Tim Recko, and our Melodrama cast — John Rounds (Conductor) Dick Matthews (Villain), Susan Hill (Shirley Mae), Dede Guercio Recko (Sister Sue) and Jim Michaud (Tipsy). Thanks also to Henry Hoeckner who helped us with our Charlie Chaplin film.

All of the people whose names appear here donated their time and resources on behalf of the Meetinghouse. Our cast was particularly pleased to revive the Two-Bit Melodrama called Three Stops to Destiny–or: Is this Girl on the Right Track? in remembrance of my grandmother, Mary Guercio, who wrote it. We would also like to thank the hardest working staff in show business, our 47 Bull Run employees, 22 of whom live in Shirley. It was great fun to see so many friends and neighbors in one place having a good time!

As a family and a local business, we are committed to supporting this effort over the long term. To that end, we have already planned our next Meetinghouse mini-fundraiser for Saturday, Dec. 18. The Bull Run has hired a horse and buggy for the evening, complete with jingle bells and a driver in top hat, and we will give free buggy rides across our Covered Bridge for any dinner patron who makes a donation to the Meetinghouse. So please join us on the 18th beginning at 7 p.m. by reserving your spot.

BRYAN SAWYER

Shirley