Enjoy magic and music at benefit for food pantry

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A night of comedy and music to benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry will feature magician Jim Barron and singer-songwriter Don Wharton. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Cottage Event Center, 9524 U.S. 24N, in Roanoke.

Tickets are $12 and can be ordered by calling (260) 483-3508, and at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.

Barron cites Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as influential to his personal style of prestidigitation. Among his more unusual feats are escaping a strait jacket at halftime of a Fort Wayne Freedom football game and correctly predicting the exact score of a Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game before the first pitch.

Barron has been a broadcaster for many years with radio stations such as WOWO and WAJI.

In 1979, Wharton left a position as full-time teacher and baseball coach at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich., to pursue music full time. Since then he has performed at more than 3,000 churches, schools and conventions. His music ministry has led him to perform in all 50 states and in several foreign countries. He has written over 250 songs and has also written a novel, “Conviction.”

A highlight of Wharton’s performances is his recounting of how in 1993 he survived a plane crash in the Bering Sea near Nome, Alaska.

Food will be available for purchase from Moose & Mollie’s of Roanoke.