Benefit also celebrates five years for The Cottage

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PHOTO BY GARTH SNOW

Visitors entering Huntington from the north on U.S. 24 will see the latest update on The Cottage Event Center activities.

The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke will present country-rock band Sugar Shot on Friday, March 24, in a fundraiser for the Huntington Boys &Girls Club. The concert is also a celebration of sorts of the event center’s successful first five years.

Cottage Event Center is at 9524 U.S. 24 (at Locust Drive) in Roanoke. Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30.

Tickets are $12 and are available from John’s Meat Market in Roanoke, with Paypal at cottageeventcenter.com, or by calling (260) 483-3508.

Proclaiming themselves as “hyperactive country with a shot of rock,” Sugar Shot features Jen Fisher on guitar and vocals and Gwendra Turney on fiddle and vocals.Matt Roussel brings guitar and vocals, Tommy Myers delivers bass and vocals, and Clarence Boys offers drums and vocals.

The group has opened for a number of national touring acts, and has been featured at the Indianapolis Ribfest and ACD Festival.. They have also performed in the Embassy Theater’s Down The Line Concerts as well as the Fort Wayne Air Show and at the 2014 Indiana Republican State Convention. The band’s music includes something for every taste from traditional country to country rock.

Huntington law firm DeLaney, Hartburg, Roth &Garrott sponsors the event.

On April 21, the facility will feature popular vocalist Shannon Persinger acked by The Eric Clancy Trio in a jazz and standards concert.

Jim Amstutz and John Mann opened The Cottage in a former bowling alley. The two had been business partners for many years, involved in marketing, and other hospitality and entertainment ventures. They once owned carnival equipment that they rented to traveling carnivals.

John Mann died in 2013. His wife, Gale Mann, and Amstutz now own Hamilton Hospitality Group, which operates The Cottage Event Center.

Amstutz is originally from the New Haven area. Gale Mann is from Chicago. They both said they feel like they belong in Roanoke, and that the community has been very welcoming.

The Cottage booked its first private event on March 17, 2012. The first public show was an Aug. 10, 2012, concert by Jimmy Buffet tribute artist Captn Jac. The center has hosted more than 450 events in total.

The Cottage holds memberships in the Huntington Councy Chamber of Commerce, the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce and the Wedding Vendor Alliance of Northeast Indiana.

Typical events at The Cottage include weddings, banquets, bridal and baby showers, parties, fundraisers and business and family gatherings. To book the facility or for more information, visit cottageeventcenter.com.