By Sheri Duff
Shelburne native Jean Blake is committed to community service. So much so that the new owner of Majestic Bingo at Tenneybrook Square will host a benefit for the Green Mountain Highlanders bagpipe band, a nonprofit that teaches bagpipes and Scottish drums to interested parties of all ages, this Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-4:30pm.
The Green Mountain Highlanders provide bagpipe and Scottish drum instruction free of charge, save the purchase of a pipe chanter (the portion of a bagpipe that produces the melody), every Thursday at 7pm at the Shelburne Bingo hall.
“There’s a committed group of musicians that practice here already, but the Highlanders are always looking for new bagpipers or drummers to join the group,” Blake said. “I made a call to the Shelburne Community School to try to get the word out to the students and their parents about this opportunity. It’s a great way to learn to read music,” she added.
“I grew up in a giving family in Hillside Terrace right here in Shelburne,” Blake explained. “I’m all about giving back to the town. Basically I want to be involved with the community as much as possible. There’s no better town than Shelburne.”
Blake would like to donate the Bingo hall to members of the community for meetings, Bingo fundraisers to benefit other nonprofits, and the like. “I’m also committed to Greyhound Rescue of Vermont on a weekly basis. All proceeds on Saturday night will benefit this local nonprofit that focuses on rescuing and placing Greyhounds into good homes,” she commented. “I’d also love to help out the Shelburne Food Shelf. I’m more than willing to coordinate that fundraiser. Anyone interested in holding a benefit for any worthy cause should give me a call.”
Regular business hours for Majestic Bingo are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 4:30pm with games beginning at 6:30pm, and Sunday afternoons at 11am with Bingo at 1pm. “I’m usually in at 3pm, so I encourage community members to stop by, say hello, and check out the space. I’m confident that everyone will be impressed with how clean and unique the hall is. There’s nothing out there quite like it.”
The admission packet for the special afternoon fundraiser is $25, for up to 24 cards, and will include $100 games as well as a $500 cover all. As an added benefit, afternoon Bingo participants that stay for the regular nightly session will receive $5 off the price of admission.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concession stand that features Coca Cola novelties. “People just love the concessions, especially the popcorn,” Blake said.
Whether a Bingo enthusiast or a community member interested in trying something new, support the Green Mountain Highlanders and Greyhound Rescue this Saturday in Shelburne.
Majestic Bingo is located at 3762 Shelburne Road in Tenneybrook Square across from Chef Leu’s Chinese restaurant. Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 448-3264 or visit www.majesticbingovt.com.