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:

February 2, 2019

at 7 PM

"Downhill Racer"

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Date of last web site update

Hey - Want to avoid "Cabin Fever"? Try our Caribbean flavor, Feb. 16 - "Calypso Connections"!

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

Scenes from Christmas Celebration!

(Photos by Otis Nelson)

"Born in China", Screened on January 5, is a Beautiful Tale of Exotic Animals

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FOLA first movie in 2019 will be "Born in China" coming to the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall on January 5 at 7 PM.

Born in China is a 2016 nature documentary film directed by Lu Chuan. A co-production between Disneynature and Shanghai Media Group, the film was released in China on August 12, 2016 and in the United States on April 21, 2017, one day before Earth Day.

Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film "Born In China" takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.

A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard--an elusive animal rarely caught on camera--faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China's vast terrain--from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest--on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

The documentary tells a character-driven tale over four seasons that begins and ends in spring. Visuals, achieved through a painstaking three-year process, bring us up close and personal with beasts of the remote wilds of China.

It's where a snow leopard proves herself the ultimate helicopter mom, and a young monkey competes with his baby sister for attention from his parents. And a mother panda watches as her cub grows up and away from her. The life of an adult female panda is a very lonely one. Who knew?

Everyone is welcome to attend the movie which is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be furnished 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 will be able to:

• Upgrade stage & balcony spotlights

• Complete the audio consolidation in the balcony

• Design a permanent stage setting & rigging

• Bring New and Exciting musical events to the Heald Auditorium

• Continue streaming Broadway musicals and plays

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




Mail to: 


1 Whispering Pines

Ludlow, VT  05149