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 & Okemo Valley area, and its visitors"


While You're here, take a look at what FOLA is all about . . .

FOLA Notes

Would You Like to Win All of FOLA's 19 Great Movies Shown in 2018?

The annual raffle of the great movies on DVDs and Blu-Rays is now in progress.

Just click HERE to see what you'll win!


FOLA Kicks Off Fund Rasing for New 2019 Projects

FOLA began its fund raising efforts to underwrite the costs of new projects it has planned for 2019.

Included in these projects are:

• Upgrading stage & balcony spotlights

• Completing the audio consolidation in the balcony

• Designing a permanent stage setting & rigging

• Installing modern risers for group performers on stage

To help FOLA realize these goals, interested donors may contribute to FOAL by using the online facilities of this web site by clicking HERE or mail their donation to:


1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT 05149

All contributions are tax-deductible since FOLA is a 501(c)(3) organization.



Windsor County Candidates' Forum in Heald Auditorium

Just prior to the November 6 General Election, candidates for the three Windsor County Senate (Sen) seats and the Rutland-Windsor-2 (RW2) House seat met in the Heald Auditorium of the Ludlow Town Hall to debate some of the issues facing the Vermont Legislature when it convenes in Montpelier in January.  Some of the topics they discussed at the forum covered gun control, school consolidation, educational funding, consideration of a carbon tax, and the opioid crisis.  Pictured above, from left to right, are:  Peter Berger, Ind, RW2; Alison Clarkson, Dem, Sen; Randy Gray, Rep, Sen; Dick McCormack, Dem, Sen; Logan Nicoll, Dem, RW2; Alice Nitka, Dem, Sen; Mason Wade, Ind, Sen; Jack Williams, Rep, Sen; and Wayne Townsend, Rep, Sen.  The program was moderated by Ralph Pace with Brigid Sullivan as Timer and Sandra Russo handling Audience questions


Thanks to Wright Construction & LaValleys, Stage Floor Gets Renewed

With the kind help of Wright Construction of Mt. Holly and LaValleys of Ludlow who supplied the paint, both the stage floor and the back stage areas of Heald Auditorium received two coats of new paint. Below, the Wright Construction crew is pictured. They are, from left to right, Chris Lafrenier, Rich Butrimas, Scott Grover, Scott Robertson, Joe Poston, Gordon Ashcroft, Carl Lavallee II, Sara Lavallee, Cody Lavallee, Autumn Lavallee , and Carl Lavallee III.

In addition to giving the floor a well-deserved coat of paint, Wright Construction also removed an extremely heavy piano harp which had plagued us since we dismantled the old piano.

Many thanks to the folks at Wright Construction and LaValley for their help in restoring the stage floor - and removing the piano harp!



(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:

December 1, 2018

at 7 PM

"Hello, My Name is Doris"

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Date of last web site update

Annual Community Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 14 at 7 PM!

FOLA Announces Program Schedule for Coming Year

While we're still very much in 2018, FOLA has prepared its basic program schedule for 2019. The planned programs for the coming year will feature 12 great movies, 4 hit Broadway-streamed musicals , and a classic silent movie. Additionally, based on the reception of the Big Band concert and dance this past year, FOLA has made arrangements for the Enerjazz Big Band to return with its swing and jazz music.

A special treat will be a Peter Sellers movie series featuring three of his great comedic and dramatic films.

The 2019 season will begin with "Born in China", a disney photographic wonder of some of the special animals that are native to China.

The silent movie will be "The Last Command" featuring Emil Jannings in his award-winning role. Jannings was awarded the first Oscar for Best Actor in a film playing the role of a bit Hollywood player who once was a leader of a Russian army during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

Some of the other films will include "Chocolat", "The Assassination of Jesse James", "When Harry Met Sally", and "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Four Broadway musicals will be streamed including "Billy Elliot Live", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Daddy Long Legs", and "Holiday Inn".

The return of the Enerjazz Big Band will bring back the Swing and Big Band era music that drew a large and happy audience this past September.

As is FOLA's tradition, the 2019 season will close with the annual Community Christmas Celebration.

FOLA will add new programs to this schedule so keep checking the web site at for program updates.

For additional information on the schedule, contact FOLA at (802)228-7239 or its web site at

FOLA's Fun Christmas Program for All on December 14

Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium [FOLA] will bring the sights and sounds of the holiday season to the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium with its annual Community Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 PM.

Bruce Schmidt will emcee this night of holiday performances by the members of the community. Heidi Beitz and the Ludlow Elementary School 6th Graders will give a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Mary Barron will lead students from the Ludlow Elementary School and the Mt Holly Elementary School in Christmas singalongs. Katherine Herrle and the Black River High School/Middle School will also perform a variety of holiday music including a rather enthusiastic rendition of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

In addition to the student performances, there will be a skit where a movie producer comes up with the greatest script for a movie of all time that sounds a lot like the Christmas Eve story. A reading of a holiday story that will tug at your heartstrings. And many more lovely performances. Who knows, maybe even Santa Claus will show up.

So come and enjoy this celebration that will feature some of your friends and neighbors.

The Community Christmas Celebration is free and open to everyone of good cheer!

Pictured above are Scott Stearns and Sandra Russo, the two planners of the Christmas Celebration.

More information may be obtained about the program by contacting Scott at The Book Nook (802) 228-3238 or the FOLA web site at


Mockumentary Comedy. "Best in Show", Featured in the Heald, November 24

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FOLA will present the mockumentary comedy, "Best in Show", on Saturday, November 24 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall.

Best in Show is a 2000 American mockumentary comedy film co-written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy and directed by Guest. The film follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show, and focuses on the slightly surreal interactions among the various owners and handlers, as they travel to the show and then compete during the show. There are also short depictions of the characters six months after the show is over. Among the comedic aspects of the film are similarities between the personalities and characteristics of the owners and those of their dogs. Much of the dialogue was improvised.

The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly's Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog's handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show?

The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank, water by FOLA. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at


Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA has been able to:

* upgrade our audio system into a single, high-quality system

* replace a worn-out lighting control console with a new, state-of-the-art device

* construct a new dressing room for our performers

* continue and enhance our streaming programming

We're planning on more improvements this year and hope you'll continue to help us present quality entertainment and public service programming in the beautiful Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.



Mail to: 


1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149