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40 - CAPE GAZE'I'll, Friday, December 8- December 14, 1995 Arts & Ent'ertainment Fried Moose on the menu at Sir Guy's on Dec. 8 By Kristen Seal Anyone familiar with the local dining scene knows that Sir Guy's Restaurant and Pub is famous for its Caribbean and British West Indies food specialties. So what is one to make of the addition of Fried Moose on Friday, Dec. 8? Fried Moose just so happens to be the six-piece band taking the stage at Sir Guy's. Don't worry - the menu has not changed. The name Fried Moose seemed to "stick" to the band after hungry townspeople would spot a marquis where the band was scheduled to perform and wander in looking for an exotic entrde. The Harrisonburg, Va. group formed three and a half years ago when lead vocalist and guitarist Chris Bishopp and drummer John Dinsmore met up with other inter- ested musicians while attending James Madison University. "We met Rob [Bullington] through our fraternity and he didn't even want to be in our band at first," said Dinsmore with a laugh. Bullington is Fried Moose's guitarist and vocalist along with other members Cecil Conley on bass "all basses big and small" that is, Chris Cagen on vocals and keyboards and Jim Wingo on sax- ophone and flute. Fried Moose describes its effect on listeners as "unforgettable retro-progressive weirdness". Need a bit more clarity? The musical style of internationally known recording artists Phish or University of Delaware bred rock- ers Grinch is comparable to the music of Fried Moose. The band itself finds difficulty in describing it's music, but decid- ed upon a combination of "ele- ments of rock and progressive music with stylistic excursions into blues, jazz, country and blue- grass". Dinsmore explained that approximately one third of Fried Moose's set is comprised of cover songs and tbe rest are explorations into the band's original "eclectic collection". Covers run the gamut from the 60s to the 90s - interest- ing renditions of "Spill the Wine" by War, "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon, Van Morrison's "Satisfied" and "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley" by Robert Palmer. Acoustic gigs (including an upright bass, mandolin and the "belly of our drummer") are not out of the question for Fried Moose. Fried Moose's full length CD entitled "304 Old South High" contains 12 original songs and was released in September. "We got the name from a house that we practiced in for two years - it was the one title that we all Harrisonburg, Va. rockers Fried Moose are making their Rehoboth Beach debut at Sir Guy's on Friday, Dec. 8. For more information, call 227-7616. could live with," Dinsmore explained. He added that one half of the songs on the CD were recorded at James Madison University since Gagen is a JMU music major and was required to complete studio work for a project. The other songs were completed at a neigh- boring studio in Harrisonburg where Mother Nature unexpected- ly halted production for an extra month. Lightning struck the studio liter- ally 20 minutes before production was completed, "frying everything in the studio" according to Dins- more. Fried Moose was required to put off wrapping up recording of "304 Old South High" while the studio finished repairs. Fried Moose has toured exten- sively throughout the Mid- Atlantic region, from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Rocky Mount, N.C. to Rehoboth Beach, Del. Actually, Friday, Dec. 8 will mark Fried Moose's first appearance in Rehoboth, thanks to a little help Continued on page 41 Lewes Christmas Candlelight Tour will benefit Habitat for Humanity The Lewes Friends of Habitat are sponsoring the 1995 Christmas Candlelight Tour and Community Dinner to benefit Sussex County Habitat for Human- ity. The tour and dinner will both be held on Satur- day, Dec. 16. The candlelight tour of historic homes will be from 7 p.m. to I0 p.m. and the chicken and dumpling din- ner will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Peter's Parish Hall, Mulberry Street in Lewes. Tickets for the house tour are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the tour. Homes on the tour include the home of Joe and Paula Holland at 2 Shipcarpenter Square, the home of Bill and Brenda Sharkey at 15 Shipcarpenter Square, the home of John and Ruth Brown at 19 Shipcarpenter Square, the home of John and Betsy Alwood at 424 West Fourth Street, the home of George and Suzanne Cleaver at 308 Mulber- . ry Street, the home of Bob and Terri Lottman at 226 Second Street, the Bay Moon Bed and Breakfast at 128 Kings Highway and the Bethel Methodist Church and Museum at West Fourth Street. The chicken and dumpling dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Takeouts will be available for $7.50: Tickets for both the tour and the dinner are avail- able at The Swan's Nest, Sugar and Spice Collection and The New Devon Inn. A community gathering and Christmas sing along will follow the dinner at St. Peter's Parish Hall at 9:30 p.m., with local songwriter and performer Doug James providing entertainment around the wassail bowl. The community is invited to attend. All proceeds from the tour and the dinner will be given to Sussex County Habitat for Human!ty to be used for the building of affordable housing for Sus- sex County residents in need. Brenda Evans and DatTyl Mason and their two children, Shanika and Antonion Evans, have been selected as the next family to receive a Habitat for Humanity home. Both worked extensively on the mostly recently completed Habitat home. The Evans-Mason Family lives in a one-bedroom house near Milton which is in a sorry state of repair. Brenda Evans will be working at the chicken and dumpling dinner during the tour for anyone who would like to discuss Habitat with her. For more information on the Candlelight Tour and Community Dinner, contact Kevin Moore at 645- 7224. Kristen Seal photo The home of Bob and Terri Lottman at 226 Second St. in Lewes is one of several homes on the Lewes Friends of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity house tour on Dec. 16.