Annual ‘Blue Christmas’ fundraiser event to benefit Hope House

Middletown’s annual Blue Christmas concert will be held at The Windamere on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a stellar line-up of local blues and jazz acts. Proceeds will benefit the Hope House. (Pictured: Joe Waters.) CONTRIBUTED

Some of the area’s best-loved artists will join forces for the 26th Annual ‘Blue Christmas’ concert to benefit Hope House Mission, Middletown’s homeless shelter.

Tickets are $20 for the event on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Windamere.

Event organizer and chair Chuck Evans said the fundraiser will be an evening of blues, blues-based rock and jazz to raise money for a good cause.

“Hope House is a very important institution in our town. They feed and house the homeless, or folks that have had a rough time. They also offer job training and other programs. They do great work, so we support them. It gives all the musicians a chance to do a real charity event. Everybody really likes to play at this event,” Evans said.

For many years, Blue Christmas was held at The Manchester Inn & Conference Center in Middletown. It moved to the DAV Hall after The Manchester closed in 2011. Prior to this year’s event at the Windamere, it was held at The Oriole’s Nest for the past three years.

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“We have a new venue this year. The Windamere is a beautiful space. I’m excited to host the event here, and I’m always thrilled about the music,” Evans said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. The evening’s performance line-up will include Joe Waters, Fred Gillespie and the Swamp Bees, Jimmy D. Rogers and Rick House and Friends. Other special guests including Chuck Evans will perform throughout the concert.

Many of the musicians have been involved every year, along with the sound and lighting crews.

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“It’s one of the best events of the year in Middletown. It’s always a fun party, and at the end of it, we’re able to give the Hope House a gift. This is our 26th year, so it has become a tradition in Middletown. A lot of folks look forward to it every year,” Evans said.

Gregg Clark originally started the event in 1991 to help the Hope House. Last year at the 25th anniversary show, the Hope House honored Clark as founder, and Evans as longtime chairman, by presenting them each with a plaque to thank them for their hard work, dedication and support of the Hope House.

WANT TO GO?

What: 26th Annual Blue Christmas concert to benefit Hope House Mission

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Windamere Event Venue & Art Gallery, 2 S. Main Street, Middletown

Admission: Tickets are $20. Presale tickets are available at Flowers by Roger. Advance purchase recommended. Seating limited. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.

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