The Astor Street Opry hosts an evening of song, tribute and friendship as a farewell performance for Tony, Pam and Matt Stoutenburg at 8 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Finnish Meat Market Theater, 279 W. Marine Drive.

"For more than nine years, Pam and Tony Stoutenburg have been a very important part of our Northwest performing arts community," said ASOC publicist Judy Niland. Tony has been given a new calling to the Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward Wisc. Pam, who just graduated from Clatsop Community College with an Associate's Degree and an R.N. certificate, will be joining him, along with their son Matt, in this new adventure.

The Stoutenburgs have been an intricate part of the development and growth of the Astor Street Opry Company, Niland said. Pam has been actively involved with ASOC as president, vice president and on stage. She first took to our stage in 2000 as "Miss Macie" in the summer melodrama, "Shanghaied in Astoria," and has since gone on to perform in multiple shows and performances, including dinner theater, Holiday Music Magic, Olio Nights and multiple fundraising events. Tony ran the Holiday Music Magic show for four years, bringing it to a level that made it a cherished annual event, along with performing in "Shanghaied" as the master of ceremonies for the past three years. They have both been very active in local opera events, performing with the North Coast Chorale and at other CCC events.

"The Stoutenburgs breathed new life into ASOC just when it was needed," Niland recalled. "They are our good friends and they will be sorely missed."

Come hear their joyful singing one more time, as Pam, Tony and Matt are joined on stage in song by friends Deac Guidi, LaMar Blackner, ChrisLynn Taylor, Roger Martin, Judy Niland, Skye McKey, Michael Wangen and Franko, with musical accompaniment by David Carlson.

Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a no-charge event, with a no-host bar and snacks available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dress is casual to formal and no reservations are needed. Call (503) 325-6104 for more information.


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