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Magical Night 2017 is Almost Here!

Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center Offers Holiday Fun

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the First Street Community Center with the Old School Shops in Mount Vernon are already decking the halls for the city’s Magical Night celebration Thursday, November 30th, 2017.

Magical Night festivities will begin at the First Street Community Center, at 5:00 pm you can help Santa “flip the switch” to light up the historic building.

The First Street Community Center was originally the town’s high school, then later became its middle school. Now it is home to more than 12 local businesses and the First Street Community Center amenities which include a gymnasium, theater and meeting spaces, are available for the public to rent.

Schedule of Activities at the First Street Community Center:

5:00 pm
Help Santa light up the First Street Community Center building

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Business Open House, visit local businesses, enjoy live music, snacks and begin your holiday shopping

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Arts Fest – “Holiday Shadow Play” presented by Stan Crocker & Mount Vernon Schools

5:30 to 6:30 pm
“Living Window” live display at Palisades Cafe, sponsored by Dance Arts Iowa

6:30 and 7:00 pm
“Holiday Tidings” from Dance Arts Iowa @ Uptown Theatre

Picture of Young Ballerinas excited about their performance in Nutcracker -Magical Night - 2012

For more information:
Contact Trude Elliott about Magical Night activities at the First Street Community Center via phone at: (319) 558-9202 or email at: trudejoelliott@aol.com


Did you know this?

Magical Night activities will take place throughout uptown Mount Vernon.
Go to www.VisitMVL.com for a complete list of events.

You can also go to Magic Night’s Facebook page for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving!

There’s always something going on at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa!

We hope that your family and friends enjoy a relaxing time together this Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, if you want to stretch your legs and work off some of that turkey dinner, we invite you to come to the First Street Community Center for “Small Business Saturday“.

We will have FREE live music inside the building performed by James Kennedy and Friends.  They will be playing an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, rock in the hallway in front of the Uptown Theatre with two sessions: 10:30-noon and 1:30 – 3pm.

In addition, we will be hosting the Home Business Expo.  This group of innovative home businesses will be on display in the First Street Community Center’s gymnasium from 9am – 4pm.

Of course, throughout the day all of your favorite “Old School Shops” will be open, some may even have special treats or deals!

So, if you like live music, a warm building to walk in during a cold Fall day, and lots of interesting shopping opportunities, or maybe you want to learn something about starting a home based business, come on out to the First Street Community Center this Saturday.

Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market – Winter Season Begins Saturday

photo of fall vegetables on display

After a well deserved “vacation” the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is re-opening this Saturday inside the Gymnasium of the First Street Community Center.

WHEN:
Most every Saturday 10am – 12pm in the First Street Community Center Gymnasium.  They will take time off for holidays and we will try to have this information in our events calendar.

From their Facebook page:

Bring your kids, your friends, and a stray neighbor or two! We have a variety of vendors and a plethora of delicious items from which to choose. Stock the cupboards and fill the pantry, it is time for the Mt. Vernon Winter Farmers Market!

Farm eggs, fresh roasted coffee and coffee beans, apples, wines, pork and lamb, and an abundance of delicious, seasonal produce! Everything at our market is produced and raised here in Iowa, by the vendor selling directly to you! We are proud to be local!

If you have any questions, please contact Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market Managers: Danielle Martin or Laura Strabala at (319) 310-4145 or mtvernonfm@yahoo.com.


Be sure to stop inside the First Street Community Center to check out all the fantastic shops as well!

Live Theatre – Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia

logo for the play Resistance Radio

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa will be hosting the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of “Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia”.

The MVLCT will recreate the Golden Age of Radio and present several classic broadcasts, including H. G. Wells ‘War of the Worlds’– first aired for Halloween in 1938– a dramatization of Shirley Jackson 1948 short story, ‘The Lottery’ and ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury.

VINTAGE ATTIRE is encouraged but not required!

When:
October 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$8.00 for students/seniors, $10.00 for adults.  Call 319.535.2030 to purchase tickets in advance.

Come on out and support your local actors!  Below is the cast list for the three productions:

The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles

Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglas
Grant Freeman
John Gruber-Miller
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Jasper Rood
Kathleen Weiss
Steve Weiss
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Amanda Bishop
Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglasur
Eva Giacomo
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Michele Payne Hinz
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Betty McCleary
Bridget O’Connor
Jasper Rood
Steve Weiss
Emrys Yamanishi
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

Amanda Bishop
Lisa Smith
Tawnua Tenley
Meghan Yamanishi

Live Theatre – The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim – Directed by Grant Freeman

The First Street Community Center is thrilled to announce that the The Mount Vernon Lisbon Community Theatre is performing “The Frogs” by Stephen Sondheim, Directed by Grant Freeman in the Uptown Theatre.  Performances are July 20-22 @7:30pm and July 23rd @ 2pm.

From the writers behind A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes the hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, The Frogs. Loosely based on a comedy written in 405 B.C. by Aristophanes, The Frogs playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death and challenging the distractions that can prevent us from achieving our goals.

This boisterously hilarious, yet poignant, musical follows Dionysos, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave, Xanthias, on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright, George Bernard Shaw, so that he may enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. Along this journey, Dionysus and Xanthias meet Chekhov, Congreve, Ibsen, Brecht and, of course, the chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his greatest hits; before long, he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard?

The Frogs stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but it also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.

COST:  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors 65+.


Come to the show and support your favorite home town actors and crew!

Cast for The Frogs

Dionysus : Braden Rood
Xanthias : Stacey Jaegar
Charon/Aeakos/Ensemble : Valerie Davine Bills
Herakles/Ensemble : John Gruber-Miller
Pluto/Ensemble : Jacob Glass
Shakespeare/Ensemble : Nicole Margheim
Ariadne/Ensemble : Margaret Gustason
Shaw/Ensemble : Joseph Williams
The Frogs/Ensemble : Eric Teeter, Jordan Juett, Silas Young, Eva Giacomo, Mandy Moellering, Kim Benesh, Rachel Connell, Nicole Klosterman, Nikki Scheel, Sam White

Crew for The Frogs

Director/Dramaturg : Grant Freeman
Assistant Director : Kasey Springsteen
Musical Director : Brandon Douglas
Choreographer(s) : Alanah Malone & Gina Montgomery
Pianist : Emory Gillespie

Farmer’s Market Today and Live Music by Frances Luke Accord on Saturday

The Farmer’s Market Summer 2017 season starts today

Every Thursday from 4pm – 6pm on the First Street Community Center front lawn.

From their Facebook page:

Located in downtown Mt. Vernon, our market is a thriving little community of entrepreneurs. All our products are raised, produced, or created right here in the surrounding community by the person selling them on the other side of the table.

You will find some old friends as well as some new folks at market selling seasonal produce, plants, baked goods, honey, fresh eggs, locally raised pork and lamb, plus a whole slew of other things.

Beautiful vegetables, delicious artisan breads, jams and jellies. We have several different varieties of local, grass-fed meats as well as farm fresh eggs available. Gluten-free products and tasty treats are here, along with honey, shag-bark hickory nuts, walnuts and dry herbs. Hand-dipped chocolates, exquisite hats, scarves and baby items. Handcrafted jewelry is a must-see, perfect for gifts. Dried beans, fresh ground cornmeal, popcorn, and meat seasoning mixes!

If you have any questions, please contact Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market Managers: Danielle Martin or Laura Strabala at (319) 310-4145 or mtvernonfm@yahoo.com.


Frances Luke Accord in concert with Undlin & Wolfe this Saturday, May 6th @ 7:30pm

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Undlin & Wolfe are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

TICKETS
Are only $15 and can be purchased via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.


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For info about all of the events at the First Street Community Center check out our Events page.

Live Music – The Fez – A Tribute to Steely Dan

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:30pm, the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre will host “The Fez” – A Steely Dan All Star Tribute band.

The Fez is a 15-piece band composed of some of the finest musicians in Eastern Iowa dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan.  The Fez has risen in 6 yrs to become one of Eastern Iowa state most popular bands. With an all star line up of 15 amazing musicians – you will not be disappointed!

Featuring a 4-piece horn section, 3 backup singers, 2 keyboardists (including a genuine Rhodes 88), 2 guitarists, and one of the best rhythm sections around, The Fez captures the magic of Steely Dan’s glory days.

The band is comprised of veteran players from other notable bands, such as Public Property, OSG, Dr. Z’s Experiment, Jumbies, Insectoid, Saul Lubaroff Jazz Ensemble, Amanda Miller and the Super Secrets, We Funk, Big Funk Guarantee, various big bands, etc.

TICKETS
Are only $10 and can be purchased online via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

Band Members:
– Loren Lang – lead vocals
– Andy Parrott -guitar
– Craig Hiedgerken -guitar
– Jeremiah Murphy -bass
– Tim Crumley -drums
– Creighton Gaynor – auxiliary percussion
– Luke Vertiel – keys
– Sean Seaton – keys
– Saul Lubaroff – saxophones
– Jim Pickering – tenor saxophone
– Greg Young – trumpet & flugelhorn
– LeAnn Dahn – trombone
– Meghan McDonough – vocals
– Katie Robbins – vocals
– Bethann Gavin – vocals


Check them out with this YouTube video:

People are encouraged to bring their own beverage. Beverages consumed in the theatre must be in Uptown Theatre mugs to prevent spillage. The reusable mugs are $5 and available at the event. People who already have a mug should bring it; they don’t have to purchase another.

Here is the band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thefeztributeband


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Lots of Live Music – Bring Your Friends and Have a Great Time

We are thrilled to be having five great musical groups coming to perform in the next few weeks.

Live Music – Back for more Dixieland Jazz – Eddie Piccard Jazz with The Busch Brothers

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet.  Performing with them again will be the Busch Brothers.  The show will be April 29th from 7 pm – 9 pm in the Uptown Theatre.

Tickets
Can be bought at the performance, online via Facebook, or by calling (319) 895-8692.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

For more information check out this earlier News article.


Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk/Americana.  Also Performing – Undlin & Wolfe.

The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is proud to announce that the Uptown Theatre will be hosting live music performances by two great groups, Frances Luke Accord and Undlin & Wolfe on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

TICKETS
Are only $15 and can be purchased online via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Also performing are Undlin & Wolfe.   They are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

For more information check out this earlier News Article.


Live Music – The Fez – A Tribute to Steely Dan

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:30pm, the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre will host “The Fez” – A Steely Dan All Star Tribute band.

TICKETS
Are only $10 and can be purchased online via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

The Fez is a 15-piece band composed of some of the finest musicians in Eastern Iowa dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan.  The Fez has risen in 6 yrs to become one of Eastern Iowa state most popular bands. With an all star line up of 15 amazing musicians – you will not be disappointed!

Featuring a 4-piece horn section, 3 backup singers, 2 keyboardists (including a genuine Rhodes 88), 2 guitarists, and one of the best rhythm sections around, The Fez captures the magic of Steely Dan’s glory days.

The band is comprised of veteran players from other notable bands, such as Public Property, OSG, Dr. Z’s Experiment, Jumbies, Insectoid, Saul Lubaroff Jazz Ensemble, Amanda Miller and the Super Secrets, We Funk, Big Funk Guarantee, various big bands, etc.

For more information look for an upcoming News Article posting soon!


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For info about all of the events at the First Street Community Center check out our Events page.