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

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



Coming Movies:

December 6, 2014

at 7 PM




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October 24, 2014

Date of last web site update

Ballads of the West and Celtic Tradition Come to Ludlow Auditorium Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15 at 7 PM will be a very special time for the Black River area. Two of the most celebrated singers of the true western and Celtic tradition will grace the stage at Ludlow's Town Hall Auditorium, Skip Gorman and Connie Dover. Cowboy singer Skip Gorman explores music from one of the most romanticized periods in American history: the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion. He strips away Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations to show the beauty of the music as sung and played along emigrant trails and in camps over a century ago. Dressed appropriately and using songs, stories, poetry and authentic instruments such as cross-tuned fiddle, cowcamp banjo, bones and slide guitar, he transports audiences to the true American West of the 1800s. Skip's 1995 album "A Greener Prairie" was used by Ken Burns in his "Lewis and Clark" film series, and also made the top ten folk recording list by the Boston Globe which called it "one of the most masterful and flat-out gorgeous cowboy albums to lope down the trail in years."   Regarding Skip's singing partner for this concert, Emmy award-winning soprano Connie Dover, the Boston Globe exclaimed, "Connie Dover is the finest folk ballad singer this country has produced since Joan Baez . . . her soprano is shimmeringly pure, her phrasing pristine, her evocations of Anglo-Scottish, Irish and American cowboy ballads melodically exquisite and utterly believable." Don't miss this rare pairing of voices and styles.  

Tickets for the performance are $15 and may be purchased prior to the performance at the FOLA web site, click HERE.  Be sure to include your mailing name and address so that tickets can be sent to you.  Tickets are also available in Ludlow at the Book Nook, the Peoples United Bank, and the Wine and Cheese Depot.  They may also be requested by mail to FOLA; 1 Whispering Pines; Ludlow, VT  05149.  For information call 802-228-7239.


“UP”, An Animated Story of Youth and Age, Next Movie, November 8


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The next FOLA movie at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium will be “Up” on Saturday, November 8 at 7 PM.

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell (Jordan Nagai). By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and to complete a promise made to his late lifelong love. Another masterful work of art from Pixar, Up is an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth.

Edward Asner was praised for his portrayal of Carl, and a montage of Carl and his wife Ellie aging together was widely lauded. The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, making it the second animated film in history to receive such a nomination (and Pixar's first Best Picture nomination), following Beauty and the Beast.

A young Carl Fredricksen idolizes explorer Charles F. Muntz. However, Muntz has been accused of fabricating the skeleton of a giant bird he says that he discovered in Paradise Falls, and vows to return there to capture one alive. One day, Carl befriends Ellie, who is also a Muntz fan. She confides to Carl her desire to move her "clubhouse" — an abandoned house in the neighborhood — to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls. Carl and Ellie eventually get married and grow old together in the restored house. Though they planned to have children together, Ellie is diagnosed as infertile. Carl therefore wants to fulfill their promise of travel to South America, repeatedly pooling their savings for a trip to Paradise Falls. An elderly Carl finally arranges for the trip, but Ellie suddenly becomes ill and dies.

Some time later, Carl still lives in the house when he accidentally injures a construction worker over damage to his mailbox, and a court orders him to move to a retirement home. However, Carl comes up with a scheme to keep his promise to Ellie: he turns his house into a makeshift airship, using thousands of helium balloons. Russell, a young Wilderness Explorer, becomes an accidental passenger in his effort to earn his final merit badge for assisting the elderly.

The relationship between Carl and his wife Ellie has been praised in several media outlets. In his book Disney, Pixar, and the Hidden Message of Children's Films, author M. Keith Booker described the love between Carl and Ellie as touching. While also describing the scene of the two of them aging as a "masterpiece of its own kind," he was not sure how much children would appreciate the scene, commenting that his son was squirming in his seat during the scene. Reelviews editor James Berardinelli praised their relationship, stating that it brought a tear to his eye in a way no animated film has done, including anything by famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki. Ann Hornaday praised the prologue, describing it as "worthy of Chaplin in its heartbreaking poignancy." Chicago Tribune editor Michael Phillips praised the scene, describing it as an emotional and cinematic powerhouse, and that he also was nearly moved to tears.

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