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Tradition takes stage at Lake Nebagamon's historic auditorium

One of America's longest-running live stage shows, the Duquesne University Tamburitizans present dances, songs and music from Eastern and Central European folk traditions when they appear in Lake Nebagamon Aug. 8 and 9.

The internationally famous Duquesne University Tamburitzans perform concerts at 3 p.m. Aug. 8 and 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the historic Lake Nebagamon Auditorium.

The "Tammies" have been performing in Lake Nebagamon every year for more than 60 years and their appearance here has a unique face-to-face aspect not present in larger halls, said Sheryl Kyle, president of the Nebagamon Community Association, sponsor of the event.

Throughout the decades, this outstanding group of entertainers has presented thousands of shows throughout the United States and Canada, and has achieved international acclaim in countries from South America to Europe.

In a two-part presentation, the Tamburitzans capture the spirit of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures. Although more than a dozen languages are used, there is no barrier, because the emotions strike a universal chord - joy at a wedding, sorrow over lost love, and pride in a plentiful harvest. Through music and movement, the Tamburitzans portray the human experience with passion and believability.

The name of the group comes from the stringed instruments, which the Tamburitzans play. The "Tammies" use more than 500 costumes and works of art as diverse as the countries, regions and nationalities they represent.

For more than 50 years, the "Tammies" conducted their summer training camp in Lake Nebagamon and the community, performers and their leaders still maintain a sentimental attachment. They still enjoy the tradition of tossing freshmen in the lake as an initiation rite.

There are no reserved seats, but tickets, priced at $20 per person, may be reserved by calling Kay Coletta, (715) 374-2283, after 11 a.m. any day or Swan Dawson, (715) 374-3101, weekday mornings.

Lake Nebagamon is 25 miles southeast of the Twin Ports on Douglas County Highway B.