FOLA  Announces Main Schedule for 2020 Season 

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) announces its main schedule for the forthcoming 2020 season.  In its recent meeting, the FOLA Board of Directors Program Committee presented its recommendations for the new year which were adopted by the board. 

K2, the second tallest mountain in the world, was initially know as Mt. Goodwin-Austin after the English surveyor who initially determined its height.

The 2020 season will begin with a documentary on the ascent of the second tallest mountain in the world, K2, a mountain considered by climbers to be far more difficult and demanding than Mt. Everest.  The attached photo of K2 depicts its ruggedness. 

FOLA will continue its series of three movies featuring well-known performers and directors.  This year’s series will feature three outstanding films starring Robin Williams. 

The annual Silent Movie Festival will feature a classic comedy by Harold Lloyd, “The Freshman”. 

The full schedule for FOLA events, which start at 7 PM, in the Heald Auditorium of Ludlow Town Hall in 2020 will include: 

DATE             EVENT 

Jan. 4           Movie – “K2: Beyond the Comfort Zone”
Feb. 8           Movie – “Easy Rider”
Mar. 14         Broadway – “The King and I”
Apr. 18         Movie – “Moscow on the Hudson”
May 2           Movie – “Good Morning Vietnam”
May 16         Movie – “Awakenings”
Jun. 20         Movie – “O Brother, Where Art Thou”
Jul. 11          Movie – “Apollo 11”
Jul. 25          Movie – “Duck Soup”
Aug. 15         Silent Movie Festival – “The Freshman”
Aug. 29         Movie – “Green Book”
Sep. 19         Movie – “The Anchorman”
Oct. 3           Movie – “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”
Oct. 24         Movie – “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”
Nov. 14         Movie – “Plane, Trains, and Automobiles”
Dec. 19         Community Christmas Celebration 

In addition to these scheduled dates, FOLA may add additional events which will be announced during 2020. 

As is the policy of FOLA, all of these events are free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated to cover the costs of the planned events and activities. 

“Easy Rider” Featured in Heald Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 8 


FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will featured the film, “Easy Rider”, on Saturday, February 8 at 7 PM in the Heald Auditorium of Ludlow Town Hall.
Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper. Fonda and Hopper played two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South, carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood era of filmmaking during the early 1970s.
 
A landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation” that “captured the national imagination,” Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.  Real drugs were used in scenes showing the use of marijuana and other substances.
 
Fonda and Hopper complete a narcotics delivery that brings them the money they need to hit the road toward New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Casting off their watches at the starting line, proceeding without deadlines or required routing, they encounter a variety of individuals who have, for one reason or another, chosen some alternative to a conventional and competitive mainstream existence. Each is “doing his own thing in his own time,” neither good nor bad, not hurting nor threatening anyone.
 
Easy Rider was released by Columbia Pictures on July 14, 1969, grossing $60 million worldwide from a filming budget of no more than $400,000.  Critics have praised the performances, directing, writing, soundtrack, visuals, and atmosphere. The film was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.  Roger Ebert added Easy Rider to his “Great Movies” list in 2004.
 
As with all FOLA movies, the event is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated to overset the cost of the movie.  Popcorn is provided by Berkshire Bank with water supplied by the United Church of Ludlow.  For more information, call 802-228-3238.