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Dale and the Duds Headlining Catholic Daughters 'Remember When' Event

Tickets are now on sale for “Remember When” a ‘50s/’60s event, being hosted by CDA Court St. Francis of Assisi, and featuring the fabulous “Dale and the Duds."

Calling all groundhogs, who have been hibernating during this historically snowy winter.

The first major spring event is coming soon, and tickets are now on sale for “Remember When” a ‘50s/’60s event, being hosted by CDA Court St. Francis of Assisi, and featuring the fabulous “Dale and the Duds." Hearken back to an earlier time when you understood the words to the songs and could sing along to the music while dancing with that “special someone” without fearing that your parents would blush if they saw you.

After three years of singing for fun at parties, on local street corners, and around the campfire, Dale and the Duds booked their first paying job in 1972 and are still performing on a regular basis today. Celebrating their 40th anniversary in the music business this year, the band plans to keep on playing as long as people want to hear their music.

Classic rock 'n' roll from the ‘50s and ‘60s makes up most of their repertoire, along with a few show tunes and country favorites. The band has played at concerts, night clubs, and functions in all of the New England states and New York.

Whether the audience is dancing or sitting back to listen, fans enjoy the unique blend of vocals, guitars, bass, drums, and keyboard the five musicians use for their performances. The members of the band are brothers Dale Julius and Randy Julius of East Bridgewater, Paul Ayers of Bridgewater, Bob Ferrante of Plympton, and Mitch Mackiewicz of Middleboro.

Besides music Dale drives a school bus during the day and is also an avid Civil War buff, who hosts a weekly Civil War roundtable at the library. Paul works at South Shore Hospital in the transport department.

He is also a music historian with a vast collection of records and CDs, and, in addition to the band, he and Randy do DJ work part-time. Mitch owns a music store, called Mack's Music in Middleboro. Besides selling instruments and equipment, he also does repairs and teaches guitar. Although Bob has retired as a music teacher with the Brockton Public Schools, he still teaches music privately. He also plays French horn in several orchestras, a marching band, and a brass quintet. Randy writes a weekly outdoor column for the Brockton Enterprise and is also a freelance wildlife artist and photographer.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Braintree National Guard Armory, 275 Union Street, Braintree.

Tickets are $20/pp (children under 5 free) and are available by calling 781-843-5917 or 781-843-5660, by e-mailing ginnypolio@gmail.com, or in person at the Braintree Town Clerk’s Office.

Enjoy the entertaining Dale and the Duds, a delicious luncheon, phenomenal raffles prizes, costume and dance contests, and a bake sale.

Participate in a hula-hoop contest. Test your flexibility with the limbo bar. Come in your best ‘50s or ‘60s costume for a chance to win a prize, but dressing up is not mandatory.

Bring your whole family (your own personal family reunion!), your friends, your neighbors, and associates from your various organizations for an afternoon that is guaranteed to put the word FUN in FUNd-raiser and get you out of the winter doldrums!

–Virginia Polio

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