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

FOLA Decides To Dismantle Old Piano

After advertising its availability at no cost for six months on social media, Frontporch, news releases, and every other conceivable means of communication, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) decided it was time to dismantle a very old and somewhat out-of-tune piano that someone had stored back stage in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.  So, armed with hammers, saws, screw drivers, and a heavy sledge hammer, three members of the FOLA Board of Directors, Jim Alic, Martin Nitka, and Harry Welch, began the process of tearing down the very old (and somewhat decrepit) instrument.  Bystander Ralph Pace said that "it seemed terrible to destroy such a musical instrument but that the piano took up space in the auditorium's back stage that was desperately need for FOLA's new development efforts".  He added that, since no one wanted the piano, there was little alternative to its dismantling.  Marty Nitka, realizing the difficulty in tearing down the old instrument, decided that an old-fashion sledge hammer was needed, which he utilized with alarming accuracy and talent.  Meanwhile, Jim Alic and Harry Welch made sure that the weight of the falling piano did not disrupt any town equipment.  After an hour of labor, the bulk of the separated pieces of the once intact piano were loaded into Alic's pickup and disposed of at the town transfer station.  It was noted that one of the dismantlers, who remained anonymous, was heard saying. "I have no future plans to tear apart another piano but, should the occasion arise, I hope these guys are available to help!"



(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 2, 2017

at 7 PM


"Blazing Saddles"


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Date of last web site update

FOLA Needs Your Help!

Dear Friend:

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has come a long way since its start in 2009. In the past twelve months, we’ve added basic streaming to the auditorium, showing five Broadway musicals this year, shows that would cost hundreds of dollars in a New York theatre.

FOLA, a 501(c)(3) and all-volunteer organization, has continued as a venue for area performing arts programs as well as monthly movies and periodic public information sessions. To checkout what FOLA has done in the past year, click here to review our annual reports that detail all of our annual activities.

FOLA’s next goals will focus on four important improvements in the auditorium:
• Upgrading key media equipment to a professional level
• Merging two separate audio system into an integrated one to vastly improve audio quality
• Enhancing streaming to provide more diverse programming for audiences
• Creating a dressing room for use by both amateur and professional performers

We hope you’ll consider helping us achieve these goals. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by us in less than two weeks.

It's really quite simple to help us by using one of the 2 on-line options below using PayPal (you don't have to have a PayPal account to use you personal credit/debit card):

Membership in FOLA
Donations to FOLA

or, if you prefer mailing your contribution, the address is:

1 Whispering Pines
Ludlow, VT 05149

Thanks, in advance, for helping FOLA continue progressing toward its goal of providing high-quality entertainment and informational programs to everyone in Ludlow and the Okemo/Black River area.


Ralph Pace, Chairman,
FOLA Board of Directors

"City Slickers", a Western Comedy, Screens in Ludlow, Sat., Nov. 11

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FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next movie screening will feature "City Slickers" on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film, directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater, and Noble Willingham. The film's screenplay was written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and it was shot in New York City; New Mexico; Durango, Colorado; and Spain.

City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations. Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a radio station sales executive who finds himself in the throes of a mid-life crisis; accompanied by two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) in the grip of similar problems, he heads to New Mexico for his birthday to participate in a two-week "vacation" cattle drive to Colorado. Mitch is a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman. He and his friends Ed and Phil are having mid-life crisis. They decide the best birthday gift is to go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There they meet cowboy Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life in the open air of the west. The three friends and the rest of their group, including an attractive, newly single young woman and two African-American dentists, are all urbanites lost when it comes to herding cattle and surviving on the prairie; it's up to authentic, almost mythic cowboy Curly (Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for the role), to whip them into shape. As various adventures occur along the way, including run-ins with outlaw cattlehands, treacherous natural mishaps, and Mitch's delivery of a newborn calf, the three "city slickers" open up to each other, learn to appreciate Curly's Old West values, and begin to resolve their midlife dilemmas. When Curly dies, it's left to Mitch, Phil, and Ed to bring in the herd.

The film received a "Fresh" score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jack Palance, for his role as Curly, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the only Oscar nomination it received. His acceptance speech for the award is best remembered for his demonstration of one-armed push-ups, which he claimed convinced studio insurance agents that he was healthy enough to work on it.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will supply popcorn and water by FOLA. For more information, call (802)228-7239 or visit the FOLA web site at

Thanks, AGAIN! Your contributions have enabled FOLA to institute a new streaming system!

We'll be showing Broadway musicals and other cultural and informational programming over the course of this year - and in the future, thanks to your contributions and a marvellous donation from the District Rotary and Ludlow Rotary Club.

Take a look at our movies and coming events to see what we'll be offerring area residents and visitors. Rather than travel to the Big Apple and spend several hundred dollars for theatre tickets, you'll be able to see prime Broadway shows and plays in the Auditorium free (donations are appreciated) - all thanks to your financial assistance!

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.




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1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149