Friends of Ludlow
Pines • Ludlow, VT 05149
228-7239 • email: email@example.com
[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,
Black River area, and its visitors"
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Change HAS COME to the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium!
"The old giveth way to the
new". At least that's what happened to the seating in the Ludlow
Town Hall this past week. The antique wooden chairs that have
served the citizens and visitors in Ludlow since 1923 were
replaced by new, well-padded seats. Under the auspices of FOLA
(Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the new seating was purchased and
installed. Pictured above are, left to right, Frank Heald, Ludlow
Town Manager, and Ulla Cook, Ludlow Town Clerk, as they inspect
the newly-installed seating. The funding for the new seating was
paid for by FOLA. The removed wooden chairs will on display in the
auditorium; the 2 seaters are priced at $75 and the 4 seaters at
$135; the wooden chairs may be viewed in the auditorium. According
the FOLA Chair, Ralph Pace, much of the credit for the
installation goes to help received from Mountainside staff and
residents who assisted in the assembly of the new chairs, removal
of the wooden chairs, and the installation of the new seating. He
also thanked members of FOLA and Don Richardson and Susan and Bill
Kneebone for their help in this project. The new chairs are
considerably wider than the previous chairs and have, per Pace, "a
much greater tolerance for contact weight comfort". Initially,
FOLA believed the new seating would result in a loss of two seats
from that of the wooden seating. However, with some creative
changes, the auditorium actually will gain three additional seats.
The first planned use of the new seating is on July 12 at 7 pm
when FOLA will present the movie, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", with
And Mark Your Calendar for
the Silent Movie Festival, Saturday, August 16
the comedy of both Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin as FOLA
presents the main feature, "City Lights".
Silent Movie Festival featuring -
Thanks for Helping FOLA Raise Funds to "Re-Seat" the
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 to 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
Your continued help is imperative to
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"Jaws" Comes to Ludlow
Auditorium August 2
FOLA's next movie will be "Jaws", the record-breaking
film by Steven Spielberg, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday,
August 2 at 7 pm.
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by
Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The
prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed
moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great
white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer
resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of
a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy
Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer
Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the
mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. The
screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and
actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal
It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business
is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a
shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to
swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the
local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young
boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on
the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman
hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience
hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee.
Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at
sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after
their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger
Generally well received by critics, Jaws became the highest-grossing film
in history at the time, and it was the most successful motion picture of
all time until Star Wars. It won several awards for its soundtrack and
editing, and is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time.
Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern
Hollywood business model, which revolves around blockbuster action and
adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released
during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy
advertising. It was followed by three sequels, none with the participation
of Spielberg or Benchley, and many imitative thrillers. In 2001, Jaws was
selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States
National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or
The movie is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated.
Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank and water courtesy of
FOLA. For more information, www.fola.us and 802-228-7239.