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Milford Open Mic to hold OOTM benefit concert

Mark Ferguson introduces Blind Men Driving at the 4/2013 benefit concert for the OOTM students going to Worlds.
Mark Ferguson introduces Blind Men Driving at the 4/2013 benefit concert for the OOTM students going to Worlds.
Charles B Reynolds © 2013

On January 18, Milford Open Mic will host a benefit concert in the Jen Murphy Studio space they use once a month for their open mic venue (the first Saturday of the month between 7PM and 10PM). The concert of 2 bands and varied solo artists from around the area will benefit the Delaware Valley School Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) students.

A benefit was held last year to assist these students in their travels to the World event in Michigan, where they met other students from programs all around the world. Delaware Valley Middle School placed 24th in Problem 1 Division II and 14th in Problem 4 Division II. The high school team placed 18th in Problem 5 Division III. This year's concert will help defray the cost to students and parents as they once again try to make it to this coveted event to be held at Iowa State University in May.

Here are the performers for the OOTM show (in no particular order). The Hawthorne Sisters, The Ferguson Sisters, Charlie Reynolds, Walt Edwards, Lenny Miller, Mark Ferguson, Anna Minetti, Olivia Zinn, Lou Cunningham (of Giant Robots and Blind Ferguson fame), Aragon, and Blind Men Driving.

Blind Men Driving is the featured act and will be playing the last hour of the night. Everyone else will perform between 10 and 20 minutes. Aragon will perform for about 20 to 30 minutes.

According to their website, Odyssey of the Mind is “an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.”

If you go, Jen Murphy Studios is at 113 W. Harford Street in Milford PA. The doors open about 6PM. The concert begins at 6:30PM and goes until around 11:00PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $7 for adults and $3 for students.

About Milford Open Mic

According to their Facebook page, "Milford Open Mic is a great family atmosphere that allows us to gather and perform, or just listen and enjoy the company of our friends and family. There is no age limit and all are welcome. Come out and sing, play, or even tell jokes or recite a poem. We provide coffee and snacks, but please feel free to bring your own snacks or beverages (no alcohol) if you would like. There is no cover charge, but contributions are much appreciated which is what keeps us alive and growing. We will begin meeting the first Saturday night of each month beginning in January of 2013. See regular posts on this page for any updates. Sign ups start at 7pm and music typically starts at about 7:30 and goes until about 10pm."

The author, Charles Reynolds, helps out with the Milford Open Mic events and is a performer at the benefit show mentioned in this article. But he in no way was given any special considerations, payment or other gratuities for the writing of this article. Nor was he compensated in any way by any business or venue mentioned above.