Rouses Point says goodbye to winter this weekend

If you go:

What: Say Goodbye to Winter bash

When: Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m.-midnight

Where: Bowl Mart, 277 State Rt. 11, Champlain

Cost: $3 per person or $5 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage in Rouses Point.

— Steve Merchant is sick of winter.

To prove it, he’s organized a “Say Goodbye to Winter” bash at Bowl Mart Lanes in Champlain on Saturday, April 20.

The event, which has more of a say “good riddance to winter” theme, is the second of its kind for the area.

Proceeds from the event will go toward improving the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage in Rouses Point.

The Peru-based band Just Us will provide music for the celebration.

The band has been around for 28 years, but rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Joe Holland and bassist and vocalist Keith Collins are the only founding members still in the group.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Gene Palmer, who has been with the band for five years, and drummer Keith Bushey, who has three years with the band, will complete the quartet on Saturday.

The band’s members might have changed through the years, but some things haven’t—Just Us has always played classic rock, country rock and blues covers, and also likes to throw in some modern rock.

It’s all just a part of life for Holland, who has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old.

“It’s pretty much honed into me,” Holland said. “I think my dad was the first person to realize it. He bought me an old Sears Silver Tone guitar and I went through the blisters, got to playing, and have been doing it ever since.”

The desire to play music, and to keep playing music, is something Holland understands and wants everyone to have access to.

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