Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing Project will be in its second weekend of concerts May 13 and 14 in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park, and they are offering $5 off on all tickets sold to Ellis County residents.

The performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday night, May 13, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The Sunday matinee concert is no longer available for May 15.

As soon as the Waxahachie Community Theatre production of “Annie” closes, the stage will be reset with church pews, church windows and other items for the Old Fashioned Singing Project.

The concerts have been scheduled on five weekends in 2011, primarily to draw people to Waxahachie to experience some of the unique historical flavor of the town; the people who have put this program together, however, want to make it available to local folks at a discounted price.

“We had good audiences in March – good in terms of attendance and great in terms of their approval-levels,” said R. G. Huff, the project’s director. “We made tickets available at deep discounts for our opening weekend in order to give us the opportunity to ‘try it out’ on folks and to be sure everything was ready. But now we feel like things ARE ready, so we want the people of Ellis County to come out to the Chautauqua and enjoy these concerts with us, so we’re offering five dollars off on each ticket.”

In addition to the hour-and-a-half concerts of southern congregational songs, Babe’s Chicken from Cedar Hill is serving dinner on the grounds under a revival-style tent near the auditorium.

The meal includes fried or smoked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed corn, biscuit, drink and dessert.

“It’s really the ‘dinner on the grounds’ aspect that sets us apart from similar venues around the country, and the dinners are absolutely a break-even venture for us,” Huff said. “The cost of the meals and the rental of the tent, the tables and chairs is absorbed by the ticket price. And quite honestly, there’s  nowhere around where you can get a full sit down dinner (drink, tip and tax included) for much less than $15 … especially the kind of quality food that Babe’s provides! We’ve even had people ask if they could come over just for dinner!”

The five-dollar discount makes the adult concert-only ticket $13, and the adult dinner and concert $27.

Both can be purchased online at www.WaxaOFS.com by entering the word “local” when asked for the coupon code; if ordered by telephone at 972-937-2709, be sure to mention you are an Ellis County resident to receive the discount which applies to children’s tickets as well.

“By the way, the concerts are the same throughout the year,” Huff added. “The 12-member vocal ensemble has learned one set of music that they’ll be performing in May … then again in June, September and November. So if you came to Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing in March, you’ll hear the same program if you come back next weekend. We have several people who are ‘coming back for more,’ saying that they enjoyed it so much they’re bringing their family members and neighbors.

“That’s the kind of response we hope to have every month we have concerts scheduled. We realize that our very best public relations will be done by word-of-mouth.”

Tickets for the concerts only will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. Make sure you mention you are from Ellis County to receive the local discount.