6-17: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Million Dollar Quartet.” Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, TN, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.
16: Main Street Music and Market Festival. Downtown square in Sullivan. Enjoy free concerts all day long and visit the many vintage and handmade vendor booths at the market.
20-July 1: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Hello, Dolly!” The blockbuster Broadway hit bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s memorable songs include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Elegance” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”
4: Independence Day Events all day. Start with July 4th parade at noon, then to the park for watermelon eating contests, sack races and turtle races. After that, head over to the carnival and grab lunch from food vendors or take a ride. Grab a picnic in the park and hang out until dusk for the Sullivan American Legion fireworks display.
5-15: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Damn Yankees.” A true American classic, “Damn Yankees” is the story of middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, who trades his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind.
18-29: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Annie.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
1-12: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Young Frankenstein.” The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
15-26: The Little Theatre On The Square Presents “Noises Off!” “Noises Off” takes a look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a theater troupe’s production of “Nothing On” in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Brimming with slapstick comedy, “Noises Off” is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and, of course, flying sardines.
19, 20: Oktoberfest 2018. Family fun, free concerts, food vendors, inflatables, beer tent, art fair and more.
31: Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Safe Trick or Treat. From 4 to 6 p.m., followed by Ambucs Holloween Costume Contest Parade at 6:30 p.m. on the square in downtown Sullivan.
9-11: Christmas Open Houses. Visit all the local businesses for some Christmas cheer.
24: Small Business Saturday celebration.
7: Old Fashioned Christmas in Downtown Sullivan. Christmas fun, reindeer, visits with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, Christmas music and more. The local shops will be open late for this event. No matter if you are starting your shopping or finishing up, this event is sure to please.
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