‘Rat Pack’ to Kickoff the ElderCollege Semester at BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – The Rat Pack is back! Well at least for one performance at the Bowling Green State University Firelands College ElderCollege fall semester kickoff.  On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin will thrill audience members with their energetic and entertaining performance of such classics as Frank’s Fly Me to the Moon and Dean’s That’s Amore.

The incarnations of Frank and Dean are provided compliments of Cleveland-based Damion Fontaine and Scott Brotherton.  The duo capture the fun, the jokes, and the timeless music of the Rat Pack during their highly praised performance “Frank & Dean . . . and then some” which includes music of Bobby Darin, Michael Buble’, Neil Diamond, Elvis, and more.

“We like to start the year with a bang,” said BGSU Firelands Assistant Director of the Office of Educational Outreach Kelly Cusack.  “The goal of ElderCollege is to provide participants with a broad range of engaging social and educational experiences, and this event is a great way to kickoff the year.”

Fontaine and Brotherton perform at clubs and venues throughout the tri-state area and have even provided a performance at the Ohio Governor’s Mansion.  Collectively their experience includes performances in Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angles.

The kickoff of the fall semester is set for Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands. The event is free and open to the public.

ElderCollege is an independent organization supported by BGSU Firelands. With more than 150 members, it is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-five classes are planned for fall semester. Topics range from local and national history to portrait painting, and much more.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $63 per semester or $99 per year, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members also can participate by paying a minimal fee per class – typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege fall kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617 or by e-mail at tracyd@bgsu.edu