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Potluck has a musical bent

Arline June Gordon

From left, Bill Orton, Joan San Agustin, Pam Taylor and Chris Taylor will provide entertainment at Friday's South Lake Tahoe Seniors potluck.

Come to the “Potluck with Entertainment” on Friday and enjoy the singing of Pam and Chris Taylor, Bill Orton and Joan San Agustin. They will also play the guitar, flute and ukulele as they perform a variety of songs that will make you cry, sigh, smile and clap your hands.

They have played in many venues, including productions of the Lake Tahoe Community College Performance Art League as well as plays and musicals of many different varieties. The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. and the entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m.

Bill Orton’s love of music began with listening to his dad play harmonica to at milking time on the farm. Although he played flute in a classical orchestra for several years, his roots are from the farm, in country and folk style music – so that’s what he enjoys the most. Orton always felt that in music, as in any art form, the most important thing is “to thine own self be true.” Lately, Orton has been expanding his horizons by finding poetry that says or means something to him, or maybe is just fun, and writing music for it.

Pam Taylor’s love of choral music and theater complements her devotion to her husband, Chris, and daughters, Melody and Amandalynne. She has been involved in community theater for most of her life. Taylor has been a special education teacher for 30 years and is currently teaching at South Tahoe High School.

Local theater goers will recognize Chris Taylor from many productions at Lake Tahoe Community College. Most recently, he played the finance minister and the terrorist in the production of “Lysistrata’s War” that went to Edinburgh, Scotland this summer. He also played Jason, opposite his wife, in the production of “Medea.” You might not have recognized him, but he was disguised as the “Mysterious Old Man” in the LTCC production of “Into the Woods.” In addition to performing in plays, musicals and other productions, he is an accomplished musician and luthier (stringed-instrument maker) and sells his own line of guitars.

San Agustin has been singing in public since she was 8 years old. She performs with the LTCC POPS choir under the direction of Mark D. Williams, and the Saint Theresa Church Choir. She has also appeared in annual community events such as the Paskong Pilipino (Filipino Christmas,) the Multi-cultural Day at LTCC and in the Tahoe Arts League Art Show. She also was in the production of “Ain’t Misbehavin” in 2002.

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Everyone is invited. Those who attend this event at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., are fortunate to have the opportunity to have these talented performers be willing to come and entertain at this venue.

Those attending the potluck are asked to bring their own plate, utensils and a dish for six to eight people. There is a free door prize of $25 awarded to a member who is present. In addition there are money cash prizes in a raffle. Guests are welcome. Tell your friends, come and enjoy. For more information, call Arline at (775) 588-6997.