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

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Issues in Ludlow

The four Democratic party primary candidates seeking the party's nomination for Governor participated in a Candidates' forum in the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall recently. The forum, moderated by James Alic and sponsored by FOLA, addressed questions covering property taxes, educational funding, minimum wages, gun laws, and the lack of civility in political debates. Assisting Alic were Jacalyn Diesenhouse, acting as timer, and Kevin Kuntz, who handled audience questions, which were numerous and pointed. Okemo Valley TV video recorded the forum for statewide distribution. The candidates are pictured above. From left to right, they are James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel, and Ethan Sonneborn. The Primary Election is Tuesday, April 14; absentee ballots are available at the Town clerk's office prior to that date.


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.)

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Coming Movies:

October 6, 2018

at 7 PM

"Shaun of the Dead"


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Hit Broadway Play, "Present Laughter", Featured by FOLA Saturday, November 10

Candidates for VT Senate and House Debate on Thursday, October 25 in Heald Auditorium

On Thursday, October 25 at 7 PM eight candidates for the Vermont Senate and House will meet in a Candidates' Forum in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall.

The event, sponsored by FOLA, will concentrate on issues facing the state and local region.

Participating in the panel are six candidates for the Windsor County seats in the Vermont Senate and the two candidates vying for the Rutland-Windsor-2 (RW2) House seat that represents Ludlow, Mount Holly, and Screwsbury.

The participating Windsor County Senate Candidates will include:

They are, from left to right, Alison Clarkson, Dem; Randy Gray, Rep; Dick McCormack, Dem; Alice Nitka, Dem; Mason Wade, Ind; and Jack Williams, Rep. Invited, but not responding, was Wayne Townsend, Rep.

The RW2 candidates are Peter Berger, Ind; and Logan Nicoll, Dem; pictured to the right.

The forum will be moderated by Ralph Pace. Other FOLA members will participate as time-keeper and for audience questions.

The forum will follow procedures limiting candidate response time and offering candidates an opportunity to express reasons for voting for them following the completion of questions from the moderator and audience members. The event will be video recorded by Okemo Valley TV.

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


Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry" Featured on Saturday, September 22

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FOLA's next film on Saturday, September 22 at 7 PM in the Heald auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall will feature an unusual Alfred Hitchcock romantic comedy, "The Trouble with Harry".

The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American Technicolor black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It starred Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers and Shirley MacLaine, in her first film role.

The action in The Trouble with Harry takes place during a sun-filled autumn in the Vermont countryside. The fall foliage and the beautiful scenery around the village, as well as Bernard Herrmann's light-filled score, all set an idyllic tone. The story is about how the residents of a small Vermont village react when the dead body of a man named Harry is found on a hillside. The film is, however, not really a murder mystery; it is essentially a romantic comedy with thriller overtones, in which the corpse serves as a Macguffin. Four village residents end up working together to solve the problem of what to do with Harry. In the process the younger two (an artist and a very young, twice-widowed woman) fall in love and become a couple, soon to be married. The older two residents (a captain and a spinster) also fall in love.

The film was one of Hitchcock's few true comedies . The film also contained what was, for the time, frank dialogue. One example of this is when John Forsythe's character unabashedly tells MacLaine's character that he would like to paint a nude portrait of her. The statement was explicit compared with other contemporary movies.

Everyone is invited to attend the film. The movie is free; donations to support FOLA are appreciated. Pocorn will b supplied by Berkshire Bank with water provided by FOLA. For information, call (802)228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

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