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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Continuing a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday March 18th, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows are performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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MVLCT’s Theatre Production of Will Eno’s Middletown

Header portion of poster for MiddleTown play

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre (MVLCT) will be presenting “Middletown” in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa.

This modern comedy about life in a small town will have performances, March 9-11 @7:30pm and March 12th @2pm.

At the MVLCT’s website they describe the play:

Middletown is a deeply moving and funny new play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

Middle portion of poster for MiddleTown play

See if a “normal person” you know is playing a part on stage!  This list is from the MVLCT’s website as of February 9th, 2017.

  • Mrs. Swanson: Nikki Scheel
  • Female Tourist/Woman on Date/Attendant 2: Eva Giacomo
  • Aunt/Female Doctor/Intercom: Braden JP Rood
  • Librarian: Amy White
  • Public Speaker/Greg/Male Doctor: Bill Croghan
  • Male Tourist/Freelancer/Radio Host: Silas Young
  • Tour Guide/Attendant/Music Host: Amanda Bishop
  • Mechanic: Grant Freeman
  • Cop: Kim Benesh
  • John Dodge: Eric Teeter
  • Landscaper/Ground Control/Man on Date/Janitor: Anton Rood
  • Sweetheart: Betty McCleary

For more information about the MVLCT and this production click on the picture below to go to their website.

Footer portion of poster for MiddleTown play


* All images have been taken from the official poster with permission provided by the MVLCT


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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Continuing a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday February 18th, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows are performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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First Friday Art Reception and Book Signing, Robert Campagna

picture of photo from the book In Great Spirit - David Young Bear
“David Young Bear” – photography by Robert Campagna

You are invited to attend our First Friday Art Reception and Book signing for Robert Campagna, Friday, February 3rd, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Refreshments will be served, in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) of the First Street Community Center.

Campagna will have 24 Native American framed images on exhibit and will also be signing his new book “In Great Spirit”. ( Exhibit pieces and books will be available to purchase).

Campagna’s 52 page, 6″ x 9″ spiral bound book features photos of the Taos Pueblo, Meskwaki Nation, and a Karuk basket weaver.

There are approximately 50 images in the book with added text from Black Elk, Ohiyesa, Black Hawk, and others.

It’s important to emphasize that this is an exhibit catalogue, not a coffee table book (important for tribal political reasons), and it reflects, in part, Campagna’s personal journey.


This from East End Art’s Facebook page:

We are super excited about hosting Bob’s exhibit of Native American photos. At 6:15 he will speak about the collection, so make sure you are here by then. Bob will also be signing his book thru the evening as well. And, because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…. our refreshments will include chocolate, and you already know that we always serve wine.

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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Continuing a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday January 21st, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows are performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is OPEN Saturday, December 31st, 2017

picture of one of the stalls at the winter farmer's market

We all hope that you have been having a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!  Just a quick note to remind you that the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market will resume its normal schedule on the 31st.

So come on out of hibernation long enough to stop by the gymnasium this Saturday the 31st of December, 2017 from 10am – 12pm!


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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Kicking off a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday December 17th, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows will be performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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Magical Night 2016 – Our Holiday Celebration

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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, December 1st, 2016.

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

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the First Street Community Center, owned by Rick and Trude Elliott of Mount Vernon. The building was originally the town’s high school, then 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 – “Snowflake Chandelier” presented by Stan Crocker & Mount Vernon Schools

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

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.


Nutcracker Photo by ginnylgorman


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