Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines; Ludlow, VT 05149

Tel. (802) 228-7239 / eMail:

[a 501 (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"

Silent Movie Festival, August 18, Features Romantic Comedy

Primary Gubernatorial Candidates Debate on Thursday, July 26

FOLA has arranged a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Thursday, July 26 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium
in Ludlow town Hall.

The forum will feature those candidates seeking their party's nomination for Governor of Vermont who are
running in contested primary races. Candidates who have agreed to participate in the forum include:

James Ehlers, Democrat
Christine Halliquist, Democrat
Brenda Siegel, Democrat
Ethan Sonneborn, Democrat
Keith Stern, Republican

Governor Phil Scott, who is opposed by Stern, declined to participate in the forum as it did not satisfy his
campaign's criteria.

The forum will be moderated by James Alic with Jacalyn Diesenhouse acting as the timer and Kevin Kuntz
handling audience questions to the forum members.

Pictured above are the five candidates in the forum. They are, from left to right, James Ehlers, Christine
Halliquist, Brenda Siegel, Ethan Sonneborn, and Keith Stern.

Following questions from the moderator, the forum will answer questions from audience members.

For additional information, call (802)228-7239.

"Vermont vs. Hollywood", Lecture on VT in the Movie, Thursday, July 19

FOLA will feature a special lecture by Amanda Gustin on the way Vermont has been portrayed in Hollywood films of Thursday, July 19 at 7 P M in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall.

The program will include film clips and discussions covering a century's worth of Hollywood portrayals of Vermont. The discussion will center on pop culture, specifically, large-budget films, to examine stereotypes of Vermont and how they have changed over the course of the 20th century.

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that period. Examining those films will provide interesting and fun insights into the hold the state has had on popular imagination in the media age. Amanda will provide background and share film clips from D.W. Griffin's 1919 silent classic, "Way Down East", to the 2005 film, "Thank You for Smoking".

Pictured above is a scene from the movie "White Christmas" featuring, from left to right, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera Ellen.

Amanda Gustin is the Public Program Manager for the Vermont Historical Society, where she works on programming, exhibits, and statewide outreach. She holds degrees in history and museum studies from Middlebury College and Tufts University, and has served in leadership positions with the New England Museum Association and the American Association of State and Local History.

This event, provided by the Vermont Humanities Council, is free and open to the public. For additional information, call (802) 228-7239.


"Harry and the Snowman", a Captivating Documentary, in Heald Auditorium, July 21

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The true story a horse bound for the glue factory - and his triumph, "Harry and the Snowman", will be featured on Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall.

Harry & Snowman is a captivating documentary that follows the story of riding instructor Harry deLeyer and his remarkable tale of rescuing a white plough horse off the back of a truck, bound for the glue factory. Paying just eighty dollars for Snowman, in less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, astonishing a nation.

There are very few horse stories that have been able to truly touch the hearts of audiences. Like the racing career of Seabiscuit in the 1930’s, Harry and Snowman captured the hearts of a nation during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This multi-award winning documentary will be the first time that Harry and Snowman's remarkable and heartfelt story will be told by 85-year-old Harry himself. The film includes incredible archived footage that transports you to the triumphant moments in the dynamic duos lives.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with FOLA providing water. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website at

FOLA Notes:

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!


Coming Movies


August 4, 2018

"Hidden Figures"


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Thanks, AGAIN!

Through your generous contributions this year, FOLA has been able to:

* upgrade our audio system into a single, high-quality system

* replace a worn-out lighting control console with a new, state-of-the-art device

* construct a new dressing room for our performers

* continue and enhance our streaming programming

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