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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 Clooney to perform at Dover Downs Slots Dec. 9-12 She possesses a velvety voice that has charmed listeners for decades and now the one and only Rosemary Clooney will perform four shows at Dover Downs Slots. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.; and 8 p.m., Fri- day, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. ll and Sunday, Dec. 12. Rosemary Clooney has become a world-renowned institution in the music industry. Her career be- gan with the big bands and her success continues through a con- stantly changing musical scene. As Clooney approaches her 70th birthday, her voice, her talent and her style have aged like fine wine, becoming only sweeter and softer over time. Clooney's career began in 1945 singing duets with her sister on WLW radio in Cincinnati and at local clubs. It was this experience that prepared them to join the Tony Pastor Band, making their debut on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. After two years with the band, Clooney struck out on her own and headed to New York City. Columbia Records immediately Entertainer Rosemary Clooney will perform at Dover Downs Slots Dec. 9-12. realized her talent and signed her to a recording contract. At the start of the 1950s, the Big Band sound was starting to fade and music in the style of Doris Day, Kay Starr and Peggy Lee was becoming popular. This change in the times would prove a windfall for Clooney's career. In 1951, Clooney reluctantly record- ed a tune called "Come-On-A- My-House." The song was to be performed with a dialect and Clooney, who prided herself on her perfect diction, felt the song was demeaning. Instead, the song became an instant hit, catapulting Clooney into the spotlight. With her songs playing across the country, Clooney's success grew larger and in the mid-1950s, her talent spread to different ven- ues. It was in 1954 that Clooney appeared with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the legendary White Christmas. Her onscreen presence led her to begin The Rosemary Clooney Show, which was a syndicated television music series, airing from 1956-57. It was during this time, from 1955-1960, that Clooney gave birth to five children with her husband, Jose Ferrer. In 1982, her life was the subject of a television movie Rosie, The Rosemary Clooney Story. The movie helped to capture new fans and helped existing fans to under- stand some of emotion behind her music. Since her reemergence, au- diences have lauded Clooney for her gentle voice and sincere tone. Adult Plus+ offers variety of holiday activities Celebrate the Christmas spirit all through December with a vari- ety of events offered through the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Tech, Owens campus. The holiday fun will kick off with the U.S. Air Force Band Christmas program in Washing- ton, D.C., on Friday, Dec. 3, and the weekend will conclude with an Olde New Castle Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 5. Thursday, Dec. 9 is the date for the Adult Plus+ Christmas lunch- eon, with entertainment, music, door prizes and surprises. Reser- vations are required; attendees should bring a nonperishable food item or child's toy to donate to a local charity. Adult Plus will also sponsor a trip to the animated World Christ- masfest Holiday exhibit at the First USA Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The trip will include free time for lunch and shopping after the tour. On Thursday, Dec. 16, there are two perennially popular choices from which to choose: a visit to the Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City or a trip to New York Continued on page 73 It seems to many that Clooney has never been better. As Clooney looks back on 70 years, through ups and downs, high points and low ones, her talent seems only to have grown. In the 1990s, Clooney took New York City by storm once again, performing sold-out shows at Rainbow & Stars. In 1991, Clooney played Carnegie Hall in In Concert: Rosemary Clooney and the Arrangers. Two years lat- er, her albums Girl Singer and Do You Miss New York? were both nominated for Grammy awards. In 1995, Clooney went back to television and was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role on NBC's ER. Tickets to see Rosemary Clooney range in price from $20 to $35. To purchase tickets, call 800- 711-5882. Baystar Continued from page 71 Theatre in Jordan's Rooftop Restaurant atop the Fenwick Inn at 139th Street and Coastal High- way, Ocean City, Md., just across the Delaware line. Each perform- ance is accompanied by a special buffet featuring fish, beef and chicken dishes, salad and dessert. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Perfor- mances continue through Dec. 23 on select nights. 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