Uptown Theatre Honors 2019

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From left to right: Doug Hanson, Amy White, Ed Sauter, Fred and Marion Lehman, Dale Beeks.

The 2019 Uptown Theatre Honors is an evening Gala celebrating the arts.  It is on Saturday, September 7, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm with a cocktail hour and the show will begin at 7:30 pm.

This year’s honorees include Dale Beeks, Doug Hanson, Fred and Marion Lehman, Ed Sauter, and Amy White.  The honors gala will include tribute speeches, live musical numbers, a photo opportunity and much more.

“These honorees are the people that continually make our community a great place to live, work and visit,” said Lisa White, Chair of the Uptown Theatre Honors volunteer committee. ”We hope all of the community will show up and show their appreciation for these six honorees and their many contributions to our communities.”

The annual Uptown Theatre Honors, Mount Vernon’s version of the Kennedy Center Honors, began five years ago through fundraising team the A-Go-Gos. The 8-person fundraising group is responsible for raising $17,000 for the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre through the 2013 “Frank Benesh Memorial Uptown Theatre Telethon A-Go-Go!” The group also organized 2014’s “Las Vegas Karaoke Bingo A-Go-Go” and 2015’s “Frank Benesh Memorial Save the Traver Tapes Telethon A-Go-Go!” This year the A-Go-Go volunteer team merged into the CDG volunteer pool, making the Uptown Theatre Honors a CDG event.

“We are thrilled to partner with the A-Go-Gos to continue this important Mount Vernon-Lisbon tradition,” said Joe Jennison, Director of the CDG. “It seems fitting that an event honoring supporters and participants in local art and culture should be a part of CDG’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

Come join us to celebrate these wonderful people and their contributions to the arts!

Tickets to the event are $20 and include a wine-and-appetizer reception with the honorees beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Reservations for the event are available through an online form.  Attendees will be asked to pay $20 at the door.

Dance Arts Iowa Registration is Open

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Dance Arts Iowa Registration for 2019-20 is now open!

There is also a “Open House / Registration Day” where you can to meet the teaching staff and tour the studio on Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00-3:00 pm, initially meeting in the library of the First Street Community Center.

Find more information about all of the classes offered in Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish Step, Musical Theater, Poms, Creative Movement and Tumbling in our website’s Calendar and more detailed descriptions of the dance disciplines offered in the drop-down menu entitled: “Class Info” on our website.

Registration Information:

Class Schedule 2019-2020

Dance Arts Iowa Registration Form 2019-20

Debit Form

Fee Schedule 2019-20

Amy Friedl Stoner – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

August 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Go Your Own Way

The Music of Fleetwood Mac

After the smashing success of her revue of the music of Carole King, Amy Friedl Stoner returns to the stage with a new show chronicling the hits and heartbreak of rock superstars Fleetwood Mac.

Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac grew from humble English beginnings to capture the hearts and attention of fans worldwide. The band has gone on to sell over 100 million albums and chart numerous #1 hits, culminating in their 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Stoner, joined by Music Director Luke Viertel and band members Brook Hoover, Tim Crumley, AJ Plummer, and Blake Shaw will present a night of the band’s most memorable songs alongside a history of one of the 20th century’s most successful bands.

Can be purchased at the performance or before at Bauman’s in downtown Mount Vernon, or call 319.895.8060

New Store Open – Kindred Spirits Gift Shop

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Handmade Gifts and Antiques

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11-5, Sunday: Noon – 3

We invite you to this gift shop where you will find four small businesses uniting to bring a unique shopping experience!

  1. Fairy Under A Full Moon offers handmade fairies and fairy accessories.
  2. Wolfe’s Antiques offers quality furniture and restored lighting.
  3. Mette’s Creative Corner offers handmade doll clothes for 18” dolls, rag dolls and pet accessories.
  4. Plant Me A Garden offers handmade soaps, soap accessories and collectibles.


Kindred Spirits is one of the Old School Shops in the Mount Vernon First Street Community Center. Park once and shop at 10 shops!

2 Ukulele Workshops and a Live Concert

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Leah Woosley Music has arranged for YouTube sensation and online instructor Tyler Austenfeld to stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa on August 4th, 2019 and teach 2 ukulele workshops.  You can learn more about Tyler at his website: TenThumbsPro.

  1. The first workshop, @ 2pm is Beginner- Past the Strum Pattern, is geared towards beginners, so if you have a uke and just started playing or have been wanting to learn, this will be great for you!
  2. The second workshop, @ 3pm is Intermediate Rhythm, this will be perfect for more advanced beginners/ intermediate players.
  3. The FREE concert will follow starting @ 5pm and is open to the public.

Cost:  Tickets are $20 when paid in advance or $25 at the door.  The ticket price includes both workshops.
*  For tickets before the event – email leahwoosleymusic@gmail.com

Showtime:  Be sure to come to the live performance at 5:00 pm – Leah will be the opening act, and then Tyler will take over. This performance event is open and free to the public (however a suggested $5 donation would be greatly appreciated).

More information can found about the workshops here.

This event will be held in the First Street Community Theater, Mount Vernon, Iowa

More info about each workshop session (written by Tyler)

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Tyler Austenfeld

Beginner Level Work Shop – Past the Strum Pattern

This beginner level lesson is designed to help beginners learn how to count music and how it relates to the strum pattern. It starts with half notes, than quarter notes, eight notes, and lastly 16th notes. Each is provided with strum patterns of the down up equivalency. This is dedicated to beginners looking to level up to the pre-intermediate and/or intermediate level.

Will improve your

  • Ability to count music
  • Ability to strum a ukulele
  • Ability to create your own strum pattern
  • Ability to analyze a songs strum pattern

​Intermediate Rhythm Past the Strum

In this lesson we attempt to explore some of the Ukulele’s more interesting rhythmic aspects. It explores different rhythmic concepts that I have gathered over the years.

Will improve your

  • Jimi Hendrix Style A Shape Fills
  • General Fingerpicking Ideas
  • The 6th interval as a rhythm tool
  • Double stop rhythm
  • Chord Fragment Rhythm – Riffs for rhythm

This event is brought you you by Leah Woosley Music and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

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Leah Woosley

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Love and Information – Live Theatre

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By: Caryl Churchill

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.

In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

PERFORMANCES:  July 19, 20, 26 and 27th @ 7:30pm.  Matinee performance Sunday, July 21st at 2pm.

COST: Adults: $15, Seniors $ 14, Minors (under 18) $12.
* Tickets sold online at MVLCT.com or you can purchase at the door.

Rated PG-13 for some language and situations.

The following video and quote is from the MVLCT Facebook page:

Love and Information is unlike any show MVLCT has ever produced. Take a peek at the behind the scenes process with director Grant Freeman, and our amazing cast.  Huge thanks to the uber-talented Oliver Crocker for his work on this preview.

NOTE: You have to “un-mute” the video to hear the audio.  The control to do this appears in the bottom right part of the screen after you hit PLAY.

Come out & support your favorite local actors!

Gabriel Lessing
Uri Lessing
Gerald Wickham
Garrett Herring
Len Struttmann
Tristan Maynard
Jordan Hogan
Jasper Rood
Mary Blacharski
Bettina Brakeman
Lisa Smith
Braden Rood
Micaylee Stumbo
Amy White
Justeen Schoner

For more information check out the MVLCT website

Escape Room – The Curse of the Pharaoh

The world is in danger.  Time is running out!

“The Curse of the Pharaoh” is a 10 minute escape room brought to you by The Fantastic Escape!

Return 5 stolen artifacts to their rightful place in the pharaohs tomb to save the world. Your adventure is located in the gym at the The First Street Community Center during Heritage Days.

Cost:  $10 per person, up to 8 at a time. Smaller groups are welcome if there is no line. So come early!
Date/Time:  Friday 2pm – 10pm and Saturday 10am – 10pm

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Free Class – Music Together – Agape Studios


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Discover the power of family music-making.

You’ll have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much learning is taking place!

Kiddos age 0-5. Space is limited. Please register for this event on our website, or give us a call.


Class Dates:  6/15, 7/20, 8/10 @10:30 am

Registration is required.