Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines Ludlow, VT  05149

Tel (802) 228-7239 email:

[a 50l (c)(3) organization]

"Our purpose is to promote the use of the Ludlow Auditorium

for the benefit and entertainment of the people of Ludlow,

the surrounding Black River area, and its visitors"







FOLA Notes . . .

(Pictured above is the cast of the FOLA Follies of 2016 in the opening number.)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2016?  You can still see the show - just

click HERE !!!


Checkout FOLA's Summary of Activities and Accomplishments by clicking HERE.



Coming Movies:

November 12, 2016

at 7 PM




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Date of last web site update

Don't Forget !!! Three great bands featured in the Black River Folk & Blues Fest, Sat., Oct. 8 - Ticket info at 802-228-7239 or

3rd Annual Black River Folk & Blues Fest Brings Top Musical Groups to Ludlow, Oct 8

On Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m., the 3rd Annual Black River Folk & Blues Fest will bring a variety of folk-and-blues-based musical acts and talented musicians to the stage at the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium. Hosted by the local, non-profit community group “FOLA” (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the music fest has lined up three top-notch, New England-based musical groups for this, its third annual event. Held in the beautifully restored auditorium of the Ludlow, Vermont, town hall, the event has grown in sophistication and popularity since it was launched three years ago.

Bruce Farr, Program Director for FOLA, said the lineup for this year’s music fest is superb. “We’re bringing three excellent musical acts to our stage this year—all of them from New England,” he noted. “For this event, we really seek out the finest our region has to offer musically, and this year will be no exception; I’m very excited about it.” 

The featured bands are The Lonesome Brothers, The Meadows Brothers, and Becca Byram (with Tim Griffin & Michael Oakland).

Tickets for the Oct. 8 event are available online at and in Ludlow at People's United Bank, the Book Nook, and the Wine and Cheese Depot.

Details of the three performing groups at this year’s event follow by clicking here.

Click Here for Tickets for Black River Folk and Blues Fest

Thanks to Your Support, FOLA Upgrades the Audio/Visual Systems in the Auditorium

As a result of the recent fund-raising drive, FOLA has been able to vastly improve the audio/visual systems in the Town Hall Auditorium and centralize all equipment management in a single location.

With the aid of Boston Soundworks, headed by Paul Terrazi, a new and considerably enhanced audio mixer was installed in the balcony location along with an audio equalizer. This provides centralized control of both the audio and stage lighting in one location. At the same time, Ken Cook, our electrician, was able to extend the house lighting controls into the balcony so that the a/v operators in the balcony can manage the a/v demands while controlling the house lighting.

The newly-installed devices were put to immediate use for the recent FOLA Follies in which all 12 cast members used newly-purchased wireless headset microphones, also made possible by the recent fund-raising. The result was excellent audio that the SRO audience appreciated and the ability of the audio-perator to control microphone use, volume, and tone by individual performer.

All of this was made possible by the generous donations made to underwrite these improvements by you - FOLA gratefully thanks you!

"Bernie", a Dark Comedy, Next FOLA Movie, October 1

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"Bernie", a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, will be FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next movie offering in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, October 1, at 7 PM.

The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, "Midnight in the Garden of East Texas," that chronicles the 1996 murder of 80-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39-year-old companion, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede. Tiede proved so highly regarded in Carthage that, in spite of having confessed to the police, the district attorney was eventually forced to request a rare prosecutorial change of venue in order to secure a fair trial.

In small-town Carthage, Texas, local assistant mortician Bernie Tiede, a beloved member of the community, becomes the only friend of the wealthy, recently widowed Marjorie Nugent, who is widely considered cold and unpleasant by the other townsfolk. Tiede, in his late 30s, and the elderly Nugent quickly become inseparable, frequently traveling and lunching together, though Tiede's social life becomes hindered by Nugent's constant and sometimes abusive need for his attention.

Tiede murders Nugent after growing weary of the emotional toll of her possessiveness, persistent nagging, and non-stop putdowns. For nine months, Tiede takes advantage of her poor reputation to excuse her absence with few questions while using her money to support local businesses and neighbors. Finally, Nugent's stockbroker uses Tiede's neglect of previously agreed upon payments to enlist the help of her estranged family.

The film went on to receive acclaim from critics with praise for its direction, accuracy to the real-life event, "Town Gossips" element, and particular praise for Jack Black's portrayal of Tiede, many calling it his best performance yet. Roger Ebert noted, "Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black".

The Movie is rated R for a violent scene and some crude language.

As with all FOLA movies, the movie is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank while FOLA will provide water. For additional information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

Thanks for helping us improve the quality of the audio in the auditorium!

With your help, FOLA has been able to upgrade the audio system used in the auditorium. In addition to the new - and vastly improved, audio mixer and equalizer recently installed, we've been able to make sure that every one on stage has individualized headset microphones. We've also improved the lighting controls so that everything for audio/visual is located in one location. This is all possible thanks to your generous donations.

Thanks so very much!



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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149