Rick and the Ramblers affirm Shelburne roots at Street Dance this Saturday

Above, Rick and the Ramblers kick off their 50th anniversary tour earlier this summer at the Hardwick Town House, a repeat performance in the hall Rick Norcross played 50 years ago to the day.

Above, Rick and the Ramblers kick off their 50th anniversary tour earlier this summer at the Hardwick Town House, a repeat performance in the hall Rick Norcross played 50 years ago to the day.

Rick Norcross and his band, Rick and the Ramblers, Vermont’s premier western swing band, will perform at Shelburne’s 250 Celebration Street Dance on Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Shelburne Shopping Park at 7:30 pm. A former resident, Norcross lived inside the Shelburne Museum (his mother was secretary to museum director Sterling Emerson) from 1951 to 1961, from age 6 to 16. He attended the Shelburne Central School, where the town offices are today, and his class is celebrating its 50-year reunion on Aug. 17, the same day as the Street Dance performance and Shelburne 250 birthday celebration, at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

“This show is important to me personally,” Norcross commented about the event. “It affirms my Shelburne roots. Ironically, I played a street dance for the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department at the exact same spot, in the Shelburne Shopping Plaza, 25 years ago.”
Norcross has been busy. He released a new CD, “Riding My Guitar” in May, his biography “Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story” written by Stephen Russell Payne (and includes many Shelburne stories) was released this summer, and he will complete his 50th anniversary tour throughout the state which will culminate at the Big E on Vermont Day, Sept. 21, in West Springfield, Mass.

Community members are fortunate. For only $10 a ticket, and a short drive, walk, or bicycle ride to nearby Shelburne Shopping Park this Saturday at 7:30 pm, Rick and the Ramblers will have the town tapping their toes and kicking up their heels. Tickets may be purchased online at www.shelburne250.org or at Shelburne Day from 9 am-3 pm at the Farmers Market.

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