Lincoln’s talent on display last Saturday

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Gathered on Saturday in downtown Lincoln was a 13-year-old who would be at home on Broadway, a 12-year-old who would be just as comfortable at the Metropolitan Opera House, a 13-year-old songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire and a handful of teens auditioning for MTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” next month in Los Angeles. Respectively, that would be Matthew Dunn, Sarah Sheridan, Darla Gonzales and the Lincoln High students in Minor Effect. And then there was Jeff Greenberg in drag, making a fun guest appearance for The News Messenger’s rendition of “YMCA,” known as “LAAM.” These were just a few of the highlights from Saturday’s second annual “Lincoln’s Got Talent” show, a fundraiser for the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. The Archives Museum, founded almost two decades ago, is run by volunteers and preserves area history. The museum has many resources that visitors can check out, from old photographs, city documents, Lincoln High School yearbooks to Gladding, McBean time sheets. Lincoln’s Got Talent is sponsored by the Archives Museum and The News Messenger. At least $1,000 was raised, estimates the Archives Museum’s volunteer executive director Shirley Russell. Donations are still being accepted. Entertainers who graced the stage – for the second consecutive year - included singer Susan Joyce, singer Nancy Moose, singer/guitarist Brian Rhodes, pianist David Cayago, singer Ted Neely and magician Micah Hogan. Also lending their considerable talents to the Archives Museum fundraiser were singer/guitarist Aaron Burke and his daughter, Uriah; dancer Naomi Hogan; singer Bertha Magana; hula hooper Hillary Klausner; a cappella The Hills Brothers; singer Jody Douglas; singer Hugo Solano; vaudeville Marina Eugenious and Dennis Beldon. Donations are appreciated year-round for the nonprofit museum, according to museum volunteers. Donations can be brought to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 472 E St. at the side of the Civic Auditorium. For more information, call the museum at 253-9972. Carol Feineman can be reached at