DANSVILLE — In the heart of Steuben County is a town; in this town is a legion; and in this legion are veterans and non-veterans who love their community.
Three events are coming to the Wayland American Legion this month that will benefit veterans.
Post Commander Kevin Mark said the legion is very busy this time of year.
“It is good to be busy during the winter months,” he said. “Everyone has cabin fever, and they are looking for something to do. Your winter blues can be solved here.”
Mark said they have a huge group of good people for a small town.
“We keep the veterans charities alive and support our community,” he said.
SECOND ANNUAL CLAM BAKE
Sons of the American Legion Commander Larry Duel spearheads the event every year.
“We had 106 people last year,” he said. “We are hoping to have 125 people this year.”
“We are always looking for different functions to help out our veterans,” Duel continued. “This is something we are going to keep up with every year.”
The Second Annual Clam Bake is Feb. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. It is $45 per person for all you can eat clams. It is $15 per person for non-clam tickets. The dinner includes hamburgers, sausage, coleslaw, chicken gizzards, liver, meatballs, salt potatoes, and clam chowder. There will be limited tickets at the door, so get them now at the Wayland American Legion.
SEVENTH ANNUAL A DAY OF CARING AND SHARING LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW
The Wayland Ladies Auxiliary helps to kickoff this event every year.
Wayland Ladies Auxiliary President Rochelle Sulli said this is an event that sells out every year.
“We do well every year,” she said. “The whole Ladies Auxiliary is the driving force behind this event, and the legion helps with the food.”
There will be about 30 Wayland-Cohocton Varsity Basketball and Cheerleading students performing at the fashion show.
“We ask both the teams because the work so well together,” Sulli said. “They are close friends and travel together. They ham it up too, because they are comfortable with who they are with.”
There will be about four military personnel walking the brides down the aisle at the end of the show.
“The military have been recipients of the care packages,” Sulli said. “It is nice they are paying it forward.”
Sulli said she wants this event to keep going for many more years.
The funds for this event go to help local wounded soldiers, sending care packages to troops overseas, and showing appreciation to seniors entering the military after graduation. All of the money stays within the community.
It takes place Feb. 19 with doors opening at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. Tickets are $15 per person or a whole table for $100. Tickets are available at the Wayland American Legion.
The sponsors this year are David’s Bridal in Rochester, Arkport Cycles, and Dogwood Floral Company in Dansville.
THE WAYLAND COMMUNITY PLAYERS
The Wayland Community Players will perform “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Murder” by Michael Druce this year. The cast consists of Director Ron Hill as Stark, Assistant Director Keryn Shaver as Agatha Crispie, Jody Tonkery as Phillip Chandler, Laurie Baverstock as Heavenly Delight, Mark May as Niles Henshaw, Jessica Martin as Agatha Crispie, Casey Sick as Dr. Preston, Stacy Menz as Monica Buchanan, Anne Heiman Penelope Primm, Janet Heiman as Molly Henshaw, and Melissa Meyer as Methany Vixen.
The Wayland Community Players perform Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11 with a dinner at 6 p.m. and the play follows. The funds will go to play royalties, The Marylee Shappee Scholarship Award, veterans charities, and the group. Tickets are on sale at the legion for $25 per person.
Hill said he looks forward to the play this year and thinks it is funny. There are four new people in the play. Baverstock, Sick, Martin, and Menz are new to the team.
“Stacy jumped right on board. Casey’s dad use to work with us,” Hill said. “Laurie is my neighbor, so I see her around at events. Jessica is helping Keryn with the character this year.”
May said the play is about characters that are stranded in an old house on an Island, and are cut off from everyone due to a horrible storm.
“I have been doing this for about 25 years,” May said. “All of the plays have been fun to do. Not all of them have been murder mysteries.”
Hill said he tries to accommodate anyone who wants to be in the play.
“Sometimes we will take one part and split the lines with two people,” he said. “I think all of the plays have been great. You never know what's going to happen.”
Hill mentioned that the play centers around individuals who learn they have inherited money in a will, and one by one they disappear on a deserted island in a storm.
Menz said being in a play is something she has always wanted to do.
“I hope I will be able to inspire people,” she said. “I am nervous and excited. I hope I get it right.”
Meyer said she has been in the group since it started with Tonkery.
“We have been together so long it is funny,” she said. “Everyone has their own quirks.”