Methow Valley Community Center event has tradition

File photo Laura Love will entertain at the Fabulous Fall Follies on Saturday.

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Laura Love will entertain at the Fabulous Fall Follies on Saturday.

By Ann McCreary

The Fabulous Fall Follies, a tradition spanning some 20 years, returns to the stage of the Methow Valley Community Center on Saturday (Oct. 8) with a star-studded lineup of local talent.

More than a dozen acts will perform during an evening of music, comedy and dance that raises money for the community center. The event includes a no-host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction items and door prizes.

Singers Laura Love and Saint Claire (the Methow Valley’s own John Sinclair, who recently toured with rapper Macklemore) are among the musical performers, said Kelly Donoghue, master of ceremonies for the show.

“A special appearance by our very own Judy Garland” and a Tina Turner dance revue will wow the audience, said Donoghue, although he kept further details under wraps.

The show will present original songs by Greg Hardy, cowboy songs by TR Stewart, and Gudron Brunot performing “Six Days in Our RV: A Road Ode.”

Young violinists led by Pam Hunt, a ukulele ensemble, a comedy act, and a dance by Grace Kominak round out the show.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers, socializing and bidding on silent auction items, Donoghue said.

Silent auction items include a variety of original art, and live auction items include a catered four-course dinner, a stay at the Freestone Inn, a tandem bike and a live recording session.

The event is one of the main fundraisers for the Methow Valley Community Center (MVCC), said director Kirsten Ostlie, who helped stage the very first follies about 20 years ago to support a financially troubled community center.

Ostlie was also helped plan a subsequent Fall Follies during which four local men performed the infamous “Twisp Monte” strip act.

The Fabulous Fall Follies are presented every other year to benefit MVCC, which is 104 years old. “The community center likes the hometown, celebrating-what-we-have-here feel” of the event, Ostlie said.

“It’s one of our main fundraisers. We are really putting a lot of money and time and energy into improving the gym/auditorium for events. We are trying to get some funds for an audio system for the auditorium,” she said.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 to support the community center.