Gayville Hall presents two concerts on New Year’s Eve

Gayville Hall presents two concerts on New Year's Eve Performers from Vermillion, Freeman, Parker and Marion who have appeared in concerts at Gayville Hall during the first eight months of its operation will rejoin emcee John McNeil and his wife Susan, of Springfield, to celebrate New Year's Eve at two concerts starting at 7:15 and at 10 p.m. at Gayville Hall on Dec. 31.

The evening will be the hall's most ambitious program to date, according to proprietors Doug and Judi Sharples of Wakonda. Two complete and different two-hour concerts will be presented.

"We are offering an early evening concert for patrons who want to see a show and go home early or for those who want to see a show and then go on to a party," said Judi. The concert hall does not serve alcoholic drinks.

Tim Duggan of Vermillion, who is a doctoral student in education at USD, first appeared at Gayville Hall in November and has been a professional musician for more than a decade. He works with Kevin Doyle of Omaha in the duo Duggan and Doyle, which will be releasing its third CD this spring.

Singer Christopher Hoover is a Minnesota native who has lived in Vermillion most of his life. He works for USD and first appeared at Gayville Hall in October while singing with the Gospel Buckaroos of Vermillion.

Matthew Williams of Vermillion is a piano player and singer who is also making his second appearance at Gayville Hall. He grew up in West Virginia, studied musical performance five years in New York City, and lived in Los Angeles many years. He is involved in historic preservation when not performing.

The Schweitzer Toe Tappers "enjoy playing music that's fun and familiar," says its co-founder, Tim L. Waltner, who publishes the Freeman Courier, the weekly newspaper of Freeman. The name Schweitzer reflects the group's Swiss, German-Russian and Mennonite heritage.

Other members of the group are Beth Preheim of Parker, whose drawings are presently featured in a one-man show at the art gallery at Gayville Hall. The Toe Tappers first appeared at Gayville Hall in October.

John McNeill is the regular emcee at Gayville Hall and performs with his wife Susan, a native of Clark. He teaches at the Springfield State Prison and has written music for documentaries and hundreds of songs.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $10 for one concert or $17.50 for both. Call 267-2859 for advance ticket information.

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