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 2014 in the opening number.)

Missed seeing the FOLA Follies of 2014?  You can still see the show - just

click HERE !!!


Checkout FOLA's 2013 Summary of Activities and Accomplishments by clicking HERE.



Coming Movies:

November 8, 2014

at 7 PM




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Would You Like to Win All of FOLA's 2014 Movies?

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September 7, 2014

Date of last web site update

Black River Folk & Blues Fest Announces Great Line-up for October 11

Bruce Farr, FOLA's Program Director, has announced the three musical groups that will perform at the 2nd Annual Black River Folk & Blues Fest on Saturday, October 11 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

The performers booked for this great event include:

The Meadows Brothers: 










Sarah Blacker              and                           Dave Keller Band

The Meadows Brothers:

The brothers have been playing music in some form for most of their lives, whether it was older brother Ian strumming on a half-size acoustic guitar at age five, or Dustin performing show tunes at local variety shows throughout his preschool and elementary school years. They started a rock and blues band when Dustin was in the sixth grade, and went on to play numerous shows on the over the next four years and release an album, giving them valuable experience as performers. Towards the end of this four year stretch an interest in roots music began to develop in both the brothers. Ian, who half-jokingly refers to himself as “an amateur American music historian” cites roots-rock legends The Band, along with more “modern” folk artists such as Gillian Welch and Justin Townes Earle as the beginning points into the vast world of bluegrass, country, old time, and blues. “Once we got into it, we became absorbed. There was no turning back. We made the decision to leave the rock band and start playing acoustic music as duo.”

Sarah Blacker:

‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards (2013), Boston-based 2013 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards, 2014. Her heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression. The Boston Herald’s Jed Gottleib said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently in the studio recording her 3rd full-length album, (Blacker has penned 2 full-lengths and 2 EPs in just 4 years) her previous currently receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson’s WERS as well as many other AAA and college stations worldwide.

Dave Keller Band:

Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. His new CD, Soul Changes, earned a 2014 Blues Music Award Nomination (BMA) for Best Soul/Blues Album. His previous CD, Where I'm Coming From, won the 2012 Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge (IBC).   Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of the blues: recording and co-writing with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl; touring regularly with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls; and spending many years as the protege of soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain, who says, "He's for REAL!! Y'all check him out!!"

Tickets are available in Ludlow at The Book Nook, The Wine & Cheese Depot, and Peoples United Bank, as well as at the door on October 11.  Want your tickets mailed to you?  Buy them on-line at this site; just click HERE for tickets.


“Silver Linings Playbook”, Romantic Comedy, Next Movie, October 4


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The next FOLA movie at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium will be “Silver Linings Playbook” on Saturday, October 4 at 7 PM.

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.

Cooper plays Patrick "Pat" Solatano, Jr., a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat meets recently widowed Tiffany Maxwell, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, who offers to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The two become closer as they train and Pat, his father, and Tiffany examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their issues.

Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was critically acclaimed.

Cooper, Lawrence, De Niro and Weaver have all been lauded for their performances, with praise especially reserved for Cooper and Lawrence. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said that "the chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence makes them a delight to watch" and that their performances anchor the ensemble cast who also give great performances even in small roles.

Russell's direction has also been widely acclaimed, with Justin Chang of Variety writing: "Never one to shy away from unlikely sources of comedy, David O. Russell tackles mental illness, marital failure and the curative powers of football with bracingly sharp and satisfying results." Roger Ebert noted the film was "so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic”.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank and water by FOLA. For information, call 802-228-729 or




Thanks for Helping FOLA Raise Funds to "Re-Seat" the Auditorium!

FOLA's has succeeded in its "reseating" project, thanks to your help!


Now people can enjoy the comfort of new, wider, more comfortable chairs in the auditorium.


Your help was essential in making this happen.

Now FOLA needs to concentrate on improved audio equipment to make your experience in viewing the many functions that take place in the auditorium more pleasant and rewarding to you.

Your continued help in this effort is imperative.



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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149