The Great Diamond Heist on the Strasburg Railroad
After an 18-month hiatus due to deep impacts of the global pandemic, live theater is slowly returning! Our board member and professional actress, Abby Dupler, can tell you one thing for sure, "It's great to be back!!!" As soon as audition notices started posting, Abby did not waste any time jumping back in, and she landed the role of "Gemma Stone" in the world premiere of "The Great Diamond Heist" at the Strasburg Railroad. Getting back to rehearsals and performing in front of a live crowd has been quite the emotional journey!
"The Great Diamond Heist" featuring local professional actors is an action-packed, stunt-filled show complete with explosions, fight choreography, and stunts. Take a ride on America's oldest operating railroad as the chaos ensues. This family friendly show will be running weekends until October 3rd.
Dates, times, and tickets can be found on the Strasburg Railroad website https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/special-events/the-great-diamond-heist/
Being a Lebanon County resident has its advantages when it comes to access to live theater performances. There are tons of opportunities to experience it with Gretna Theater in our own backyard and the various theaters throughout Lancaster County. Local and regional theaters need support, cooperation, and compassion now more than ever. So get out there and support local live theater!
Erik Soulliard, LVCA Board Vice President, and owner of Annubis Productions is set to begin production of a new streaming series, Diakonia. Follow along on the Diakonia podcast. To learn more, read the LebTown article here.
Welcome New Board Member
TLVC welcomes new board member, Sandra Drain.
Sandy Drain first came to Lebanon as a student of Sociology and Secondary Education at Lebanon Valley College. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities from Penn State Harrisburg. She currently works remotely as a proposal manager for Balfour Beatty, an international development firm with an office outside Philadelphia. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). Having moved around the state of Pennsylvania for education and career, Sandy returned to the Lebanon Valley in 2016 to find a thriving art and music community and has been thrilled to participate in First Fridays, Burn’s Night and other exciting arts events in Lebanon. More of a patron of the arts than an artist, Sandy enjoys reading, gardening, creating collages and practicing piano.
On August 24th we will be starting 4 weeks of watercolor classes and Open Studio time. Make your Tuesday fun and creative with ART! Classes will run from 6pm to 8pm. Both the Watercolor classes and the Open Studio will be happening at the same time on the 2nd floor of Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts at 770 Cumberland Street. Please us 8th Street entrance.Watercolor classes are $50 for 4 weeks for non-members and $40 for LVCA members. Open studio is FREE for all LVCA members. Please call Joyce at 717-273-6204 before August 20 for registration for watercolor class. Members may just show up with paints ready to go. Please note: Masks must be worn if you are not vaccinated.
Our organization wouldn't exist without the support of the Lebanon community and area charitable organizations. Thank you for the donations, memberships, grant funding, and gifts.
The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon and their Community Grant Program recently awarded TLVC with a $1500 grant to support teaching Lebanon young people about mosaic and mural skills and to support similar programs for young people.
The TLVC was supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding Partnership. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). The 2021-2022 award will be for $3,000.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Our annual membership drive will start in September. If you’d like to check this one off your list, please use the membership form to renew your membership. LVCA’s historic building, first established in the early 1800’s, is in need of some major roof repairs. After reviewing bids from local contractors, LVCA plans to move ahead with the roof repairs in the near future. Your continued support is especially appreciated as we take on this additional expense for needed maintenance and upkeep.
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Local Art Connections
The Office of Developmental Programs is inviting artists on the autism spectrum to exhibit their artwork virtually during the14th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC 2021) held October 5 to October 7, 2021.
The Hershey Art Association shared "Fairy Tree Houses" by HAAA member Mark Bosler at the Hershey Public Library. Be sure to check out this unique display.
Community of Lebanon Association Music and Art Festival
September 18, 2021 from 12 pm - 6 pm on South 8th Street in Lebanon
Upcoming Performance + Art Exhibits