Tickets for the first weekend of Waxahachie’s “Old Fashioned Singing” concerts are now available at the project website (www.WaxaOFS.com) and by phone at 972-923-2709.

Ellis County residents will receive a $5 discount by entering “LOCAL” as the coupon code.

“While this project is designed to bring people into Waxahachie to shop and sight-see, we really want the local residents to participate in these concerts, especially the first weekend,” said R. G. Huff, project director.

Opening weekend is March 24 and 25, with concerts each night at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance scheduled on Saturday at 3 p.m.

All concerts are in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

“We want everyone to understand that they can attend just the concerts, or they can also enjoy ‘dinner on the grounds’ catered by Babe’s Chicken,” Huff added. “These dinners will be served under a revival-style tent in the park across the street from the Chautauqua Auditorium. THIS part of our plan sets us apart from other similar concerts around the country. We are making a real attempt to bring back the flavor (literally) of the old brush-arbor meetings which always seemed to include a meal!

“While the concerts throughout the year will be basically the same, we hope that local folks will come, check us out — then bring their out-of-town guests over for a dinner and concert, sharing a unique taste of the local historic culture.”

Details are available at the project website. Huff said he would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

“I’m trying to attend as many local gatherings as possible to talk about what we’re trying to accomplish with Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing Project. Church groups, clubs, senior adult meetings, etc. are our target audiences, and I would love to have as many opportunities as possible to bring everyone along with us,” he added.

“This is hopefully the first of many seasons, and we want to have as much success as possible as we get underway, so that people will hear positive things by word-of-mouth,” Huff said.