Local comedian entertains in Ulster
The warm July weather did not stop a crowd of children and adults alike from coming out to see comedian/magician Richard Hughson at the Sheshequin-Ulster Community Center on Tuesday.
"This is the first time we've had him as an entertainer, we're really excited," said community center director Deneen Roach.
Hughson's show highlighted everything from magic tricks to science demonstrations, all of which involved audience participation.
Amy Campbell, from Rome, brought her sons Ethan and Wyatt to see Hughson and she ended up volunteering to help perform a rendition of "Pop Goes the Weasel" with a pop gun.
"He was very funny and the kids loved it," Campbell said.
Campbell's sons agreed with her.
"He was really funny!" Ethan said.
A crowd favorite was at the end of the show when Hughson pulled a water squirting phone out of his briefcase and sprayed the audience.
"The phone squirted at us!" said Wyatt Campbell, as he laughed.
The show involved everything; from the humor of trying to balance himself on a wobbling board while juggling to having one of his volunteers spin plates while the audience called out the names of the planets; Hughson's show had something that everyone could enjoy.
Hughson is a Bradford County local, growing up in Big Pond, he has loved clowning since his first childhood when he watched Red Skeleton on TV, and said now that his kids are grown and he is retired, he is able to live his second childhood.
"Then again, I don't think I ever really left my childhood," Hughson said.
Hughson is part of a program called "Dig Into Reading," which has been hosted at libraries throughout Bradford County all summer.
Amanda Lyons can be reached at (570) 265-1652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.