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Big Top Chautauqua opens its 23rd season

Big Top Chautauqua opens its 23rd season Friday with "Carry On," a new opening show. It's a tribute to the late, much-missed bandleader Don Pavel, and also missed Big Top regular banjo player Mark "Pete" Nelson. The evening will feature tributes ...

Big Top Chautauqua opens its 23rd season Friday with "Carry On," a new opening show. It's a tribute to the late, much-missed bandleader Don Pavel, and also missed Big Top regular banjo player Mark "Pete" Nelson. The evening will feature tributes to these two great musicians as well as Blue Canvas Orchestra favorites. This concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for students; general admission is $15 and $4. Go to www.bigtop.org or call 888-BIG-TENT (888-244-8368). On Saturday, the usual opening show follows: "Riding the Wind," the musical history of Bayfield that started it all. That show begins at 8:15 p.m.

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