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NO. R-108. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the performing arts careers of Al Boright and Shirley Adams.

(J.R.S. 44)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County and Senator Maynard of Rutland County.

Whereas, the staff of the legislative council works diligently for long hours to support the operations of the General Assembly, and

Whereas, on that rare occasion when the staff is not busily engaged in legislative duties, it is afforded the rare opportunity to pursue various avocational interests, and

Whereas, two of the legislative councilís most senior and respected staff members, Al Boright and Shirley Adams, are known as stars on Vermontís "great entertainment greenway," and

Whereas, Al Boright, the multitalented cocreator of Vermontís seminal variety show, the Ground Hog Opry, is a writer, producer, director, singer, and master of ceremonies of great renown, and

Whereas, the Ground Hog Opry delights enthusiastic audiences across Vermont with the music, humor, and whimsical commercial sponsorships that have placed the Woodchuck metropolis on every truly accurate Vermont map, and

Whereas, the down-home sensibility that pulsates in every Ground Hog Opry performance has become so widely in demand that Al Boright and his Woodchuck colleagues have recorded their favorite songs on a compact disc, and

Whereas, Shirley Adams has delighted summertime audiences at the Unadilla Theater with her singing and dancing appearances in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions, including the smashingly successful run of "The Mikado" during the 2000 season, and

Whereas, most recently she was a significant presence in the Barre Playersí presentation of "Man of La Mancha", and

Whereas, when not appearing on the theatrical stage, Shirley Adams contributes her charming soprano voice to the classical choral repertoire of the Onion River Chorus, and

Whereas, Al Boright and Shirley Adams are among the brightest shining stars in the constellation of Vermontís performing artists, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Al Boright and Shirley Adams, two of Vermontís finest performing artists, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Al Boright and Shirley Adams at the Legislative Council.