COVID Strikes Again!  FOLA Cancels Remaining 2020 Programs

With the dramatically increasing rate of Covid-19 in Vermont, coupled with the Governor’s new announcement on social gatherings, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) has decided to cancel scheduled movies in the Heald Auditorium of Ludlow’s Town Hall for the “foreseeable future”.

In making this announcement, Scott Stearns, FOLA Chairman, noted, “After considering Governor Scott’s strong action regarding social gatherings, and discussing the matter with key town officials as well as FOLA Board members, it is obvious that this is the correct action to take to protect area residents and visitors”.

Stearns indicated that the matter will be periodically reviewed but felt that it would definitely be in effect through the end of January, at a minimum.


FOLA Announces Planned Schedule for the 2021 Season in Ludlow’s Auditorium

Judy Garland pictured in Meet Me in St. Louis

While most of us are concerned about the here-and-now of Covid-19 and elections, FOLA has decided that it is time to think of the future, 2021 to be specific.  Having learned how to present films during the coronavirus of the current year, the FOLA directors believe there is a need for planning for future entertainment of area residents and visitors.

Susan Haefner, shown above, will join with Lisa Brigantino in a special musical concert in May of 2021.

In an effort to present a diverse and entertaining program, FOLA released its planned 2021 program schedule.  According to FOLA Chairman, Scott Stearns, “this schedule is obviously dependent on the basic virus protocol and situation as it develops in the coming year”.

One of the high points of the coming year’s programs will be a live musical concert by Susan Haefner and Lisa Brigantino singing pop songs.

The program will also feature two beloved musicals, “Brigadoon” and “Meet Me in St. Louis”.

Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in the musical fantasy, Brigadoon

Among the movies to be screened, FOLA will offer a Robin Williams series of three films.  The initial film will be preceded by an introductory discussion of Williams by Rick Winston. The annual silent movie festival will feature “The Freshman”, a comedy starring Harold Lloyd.   Perennial favorite, Jeff Rapsis, will furnish the background music for the silent movie.

Kicking off the season, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, a film about Mr. Rogers and his wonderful life both on tv and off.

The Christmas season will feature the always popular “It’s a Wonderful  Life” followed by a special presentation of “Little Women”.

The full schedule is listed below.  As noted by Stearns, this schedule is totally dependent on the Corvid-19 protocol that may exist in Ludlow.

FOLA – 2021 Schedule:

Saturday January 9 –  Film:  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Saturday February 6 –   Film:  Green Book
Saturday March 20 –  Film:  Brigadoon
Saturday April 3 –  Film Series: Robin Williams – Moscow on the Hudson
Saturday April 17 –  Film Series: Robin Williams – Good Morning Vietnam
Saturday May 1 –  Film Series: Robin Williams – Awakenings
Saturday May 22 – Musical Concert:  Susan Haefner/Lisa Brigantino
Saturday June 26 –  Film:  O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Saturday July 10 –  Film: The Peanut Butter Falcon
Saturday July 24 –  Film:  Shadow of a Doubt
Saturday August 14 – Silent Movie Festival:  The Freshman
Saturday August 28 – Film: Blinded by the Light
Saturday September 25 –  Film:  Unforgiven
Saturday October 23 –  Film:  Sleepy Hollow
Saturday November 13 –  Film:  Meet Me in St Louis
Saturday December 18 –  Film:  It’s a Wonderful Life
Wednesday December 29 –  Film:  Little Women