Gold rush coming to Fredonia’s Barker Library on April 26

In 1896, a half-century after the California gold rush, a new rush of around 100,000 people began as gold was discovered in the Klondike region in parts of the United States and Canada, and writers like Jack London and Robert Service brought attention to the drama of the event to a worldwide audience.

Service wrote a popular long poem called “The Cremation of Sam McGee” and in 1933 film-maker Mack Sennett produced “The Fatal Glass of Beer,” describing a prospector, played by W.C. Fields, along with his wife and their son who has run away and gotten in trouble after drinking one glass of beer, returning home to answer to his parents for his behavior.

Now, both of these pieces will be enacted at yet another “Night With Jerry” at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Darwin Barker Library, 7 Day St. in Fredonia.

Doug Manly will recite the cremation piece. The Fatal Glass of Beer with its renowned line of “it ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast,” and innumerable sight gags, will feature performances by Jim Pawloski, Joyce Haines, Taylor Rose-Newman and Jerry Rose in a stage version written by Rose in 1997 and which has been performed several times in Florida and New York. Admission is free.

It may not be a fit night out, but those who attend are apt to be “fit to be tied” from the laughter with this rollicking comedy.