Admission costs $20 for adults, $15 for ages 11 to 21, and is free for youngsters age 10 and under. The ticket price includes a buffet dinner and one free beverage. For info, visit jennilyndancefundraiser.com, or call 382-7285.
Collective swings at Suds
On the first Wednesday of each month, the 16-piece Salt City Jazz Collective holds forth from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Syracuse Suds Factory, South Clinton and Walton streets in Armory Square.
Led by trombonist Joe Colombo, the Collective performs hard-charging charts by Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. The band also performs compositions and arrangements by its lead alto player, Joe Riposo, who was recently featured an Eagle cover story.
Admission is always free, and the Factory's food pleases every palate as does the suds; 471-2253; saltcityjazz.com.
Rhythm-Airs swing Wednesdays
The Rhythm-Airs big band led by trumpeter Maureen Clum performs swing standards from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at McNamara's Pub, 5600 Newport Road, in Camillus; $3/per person, $5/per couple; food and drinks available; 672-8872.
'Auld Lang Syne'
In practically every English-speaking country around the world, the song "Auld Lang Syne" is heartily vocalized at midnight on New Year's Eve. Penned by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the 1700s, it was first published in 1796, after Burns had shuffled off this mortal coil that summer.
Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the rendition we now sing set to the tune of an ancient Scottish folk melody.
"Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long since," or simply, "the good-old days."