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I.. CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27,2006 - 97 Live it up at the Evening of Laughter March 4 Event's proceeds benefit The Jefferson School By Mary Ann Benyo Special to the Cape Gazette Another "Elegant Evening of Laughter" awaits those who call early enough to get tickets to The Jefferson School's third annual fundraiser held at Del Tech Saturday, March 4. in their first year of elegant evenings, comics performed to a sold-out house at Possum Hall and then to a near- capacity audience last year in the larger space at Del Tech. "These are funny fellows," said Chuck Johnson about scheduled comedians Tim Wilkins and Jim Wiggins. Johnson is the owner of Summit Comedy in Charlotte, N.C., representing more than 3,000 performers booked world- wide. Both Wilkins and Wiggins specialize in clean comedy, filter- ing their material to exclude pro- fanity and themes commonly thought to be offensive. Other Submitted photos Comedian Tim Wilkins will perform at the Elegant Weekend of Laughter. than their shared professionalism of maintaining appropriate con- tent, Johnson noted, "They have a completely different style "Jim has been doing this for more than 30 years," Johnson said. "Recently, he got !lational recognition on 'Last.. Comic Standing' on NBC, and Was on '[Tile Tonight Show With Jay] Leno' just a few months ago." Wiggins, now in his 60s, had performed on the "Mike Douglas Show" and the "Toni Tennile Show," and had written for George Carlin, Chuck Barris and David Letterman before fleeing the Hollywood scene and billing himself as "The Last Hippie in America," performing nostalgic routines featuring sex, politics, war and cookies. In contrast, Wilkins is a former Marine and a personal trainer, and makes fun of the things he loves most - staying in shape, technolo- gy, trends. "Tim is making a niche in the corporate world," Johnson said. "He's clean. He'S likeable. He does great impersonations and characters. He's touring now with Julio Iglesias." Wilkins serves as a comedian, writer and host. He writes his own material for his stand-up routines, and is a published author of humorous articles in health and Oyster eat, shrimp feast on tap Feb. 24 in Georgetown, Lewes The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company's 69th annual Oyster Eat is set for 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 24. Festivities will get underway, however, at 6:30 p.m. with a "sur- prise" tribute to Sen. Thurman Adams. Adams will be recognized at the Oyster Eat for the support and assistance he has given to the Georgetown Fire Company dur- ing his political career. Many elected officials - both state and local - will be on hand to help honor Adams. The traditional menu features steamed and raw oysters, ham and egg salad sandwiches, hard boiled eggs and popcorn. Soda, water and beer will be available. The event has a long and storied history. Each ear, 90 bushels plus 40 gallons of oysters rare pur- chased, along with 100 pounds of ham, 3,120 eggs and 160 loaves of bread. The year with the most cus- tomers served was 1987, during the 50th anniversary of the event, when 1,195 attendees enjoyed their oysters. One of the highlights of the evening is the auctioning of a handcrafted oyster knife. The highest bid came in 2003, when a whopping $2,000 was paid for the knife. ' For more information, contact this year's chairman, Mike Briggs, at 462-0009 or Jim King at 745-6662. Held simultaneously but at a different location, the solf-out Ladies Shrimp Feast starts at 8 p.m. at the Nassau Fire Station. The event, sponsored by the Lewes Fire Department, features all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp, egg salad sandwiches and other fine fare. 'Eight Below' Continued from page 94 The storm is a category 5 plane pummeler, which means there's only to be one plane trip out. The dogs must be left behind like pup- cicles. They are abandoned for months on end, forced to snag wayward birds and stranded Free Willys for grub. It is when the dogs are left to their own wiles does the film take on the natural, poetic, and often- times brutal, flow that makes this Disney flick far above the stan- dard kid-pandering, talking ani- mal film. As trained dog actors go, they could not look more naturalistic in their icy climes, which brings out unexpected tender expression from each of the quadrupeds. That is more than can be said for the human actors who popu- late half the film. as Jerry pines and tries to find a way back to res- cue his "kids." , Submitted photo Paul Walker Stars in "Eight Below." Director Frank Marshall does manage to frame the perilous beauty of the arctic (much like he did in "Alive," based on those aforementioned humanTeating athletes). In fact, there are scenes that recall the best of family nature features, such  "The Black. Stallion". and "Fly Away_ Home." '"- There are some really annoying aspects of the film, though, most notably Jason Biggs as some sort of zany cartographer who seems to have walked right off the set of "American Pie." Honestly, his shtick is so aggra- vating, you wish the pilots had tossed him in the snow and grabbed a couple of the pooches, instead. Another is the screen crawl that first shows the date in all caps (FEBRUARY 14), then fades to "DAYS ON THEIR OWN." Then there is a long, dramatic pause before flashing the day on the screen (10). I'm no math major, but after learning the date they were left behind, it's rather simple to add it up. Yet only when those digits pop up does the audience let out a col- lective gasp. But for whatever its small faults, there is something endear- ingly old fashioned about "Eight Below: Inspired by a True Story," which is not afraid to wear its bean on its icy Gore-Tex sleeve. fitness magazines. When not per- forming comedy for the opening acts of pop and country music singers such as Wynonna Judd and Aretha Franklin, Wilkins serves as the emcee of corporate parties and annual award ceremonies such as Mr. Olympia and the Jan Tana Classic and is proud to have been nominated for "Host of the Year" by Welder Awards. "Hands down, these two are some of the best on'the nationwide touring circuit out there," Johnson said. Even though the comics are clean, this is an adult event and parents are encouraged to leave the kids at home and enjoy a classy night out. This upscale evening starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. with numerous hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The per- formance will start at 7 with a brief intermission between comics to have time to enjoy the coffee and dessert bar. Continued on page 99 Milton Arts Guild to host display Feb. 25 The Milton Arts Guild will host more than 30 fine artists from throughout the region from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Power Station building in Milton's Cannery Village. Fine art will be on display and for sale by the Arts Guild. The public is invited to view art, meet the artists, and learn about the Milton Arts Guild. Milton's semi- annual sidewalk art show, which has received glowing reviews for dis- playing exclusively fine art, and a monthly plein air painting event are the creation of the Milton Arts Guild. Sponsorship and refreshments provided by Abraxas Studio of Art, Deitrick Studios, Dogfish Head Brewery, Federal Street Gallery, and the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Call 684-0590 for more information. Stoney Lonen Open All Year! Thurs.-Sun. at 5:00 (everyday in season) Spec00 o@t "Kehoboth's best kept secRV -Out 8: About 208 Second Street 302 - 227 - 2664 Beach DE www.slmvylonm,com U l Heading to the theater? Be sure to read Rob Rector's moviereview first. Rnd it every Friday in the Cape Gazette. t