No shortage of arts in Fergus [UPDATED]Published 10:35am Thursday, December 19, 2013 Updated 12:37pm Thursday, December 19, 2013
As I write this column, I am turning 30 years old, we have two holiday shows left in our whirlwind month of December, and we are very close to moving into the year 2014.
If someone would have told me that at 30 years old I would be living in Fergus Falls, \working at a theater — I would not have believed them for a second!
But here I am, and I am more and more grateful each day for being here, doing what I’m doing.
December has been a busy month here in Fergus. Families are taking in school concerts, churches are hosting special services and events, and the arts opportunities abound.
I have been enjoying art crawls downtown and all the places you can purchase local art for gifts, concerts at The Spot, and more.
A Center for the Arts is no exception, with eight events this month alone.
We had a successful Dance and Dessert fundraiser to kick-off the month, followed by a wonderful night with Pioneer Public Television and the premier of Downton Abbey, a weekend full of holiday cheer with holiday movies on Santa Saturday and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert, and our annual Children’s Choir Concert just this past Tuesday.
We’re not quite finished yet. We still have two local holiday shows to round out the month. This Friday, Dec 20 at 7:30 p.m. check out Amazing Gift, the Wendy Erlandson and Linda Mellon holiday show featuring local talents: Rob Johnson, Joe Barnett, David Stoddard, John Hatling, Elizabeth Hatling, and Wally Warhol.
Tickets have been selling fast for this one, so we advise getting yours in advance before it sells out.
On Sunday, December 22 at 2:00pm we have the ATOS (American Theater Organ Society) Holiday Organ Concert.
They are really going all out this year to bring you a family-friendly afternoon of great holiday tunes. There will be a bag-piper, flutists, a bell choir, and multiple organists.
Of course our Mighty WuliTzer Theatre Organ will be center stage.
Like I always say, there’s something for everyone at A Center for the Arts, and as we move into the New Year we have even more great events planned for 2014.
It’s also the time of year that people start making New Year’s Resolutions. One resolution that we strongly support here at the Center would be to start including more art in your life.
That’s not too difficult in a town like Fergus Falls where there are always arts activities to enjoy.
A great way to include more art in your life, to connect with others, serve the community, support the arts, and experience awesome shows is by volunteering.
The Center has numerous ways a person can volunteer — from working a box office shift during the week to selling concessions and tearing tickets at shows — and we’re always looking for more volunteers.
If you are interested in helping us out in the future, please stop by our Box Office to fill-out a volunteer form, or call our Volunteer Coordinator, LaVonne Drayna. We hope to see you at the theater soon.
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.