Green Book -Tuesday, March 26 at 12:30 PM, Seniors in the Park

A working-class Italian American bodyguard/bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a 1962 concert tour through the segregated Deep South, using The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor (Mortensen), and Supporting Actor (Ali).

When: Tuesday, March 26 at 12:30 PM

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 10 minutes

Lincoln hosts Fine Arts Night on March 19

Students performing in a previous Fine Arts Night

The Lincoln Fine Arts Night and Literacy is this Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm at the Lincoln Gym.

The Fine Arts Night will feature the musical talents of all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 as well as the 5th Grade Drumming group and the K-5 art works displayed in a slide show prior to each musical performance.

  • 6:00 pm Kindergarten and 1st Grades
  • 6:35 2nd and 3rd grades
  • 7:15 4th and 5th grade

Enjoy beautiful student art hanging around the school and a fun literacy project in the cafeteria.  The book fair is also open.

Bring something for the food pantry and of course admission is free to hear 360 children make beautiful music!

Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Young Auditorium on March 16

Article and Photo by Tom Ganser

The concert will be historic. It will be the first time that the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra – an orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians from across south central Wisconsin and northern Illinois established in 2001 – will be performing in Whitewater.

The performance will be the culmination of the orchestra’s massive nine-year “Beethoven Project” that began in February, 2011, with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

Each season since then has featured a different Beethoven symphony, moving one step closer to “Beethoven 9.”

Beethoven’s final symphony – ultimately a celebration of the brotherhood of mankind – includes the “Ode to Joy” theme of the fourth movement, one of the most recognized melodies in history.

Collaborating with the orchestra’s musicians as vocal soloists will be UW-Whitewater faculty members Rachel Wood and Brian Leeper, along with Desirée Hassler and John Concepcion from the Chicago Lyric Opera Choir.

The chorus of more than 160 voices will feature members of the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, the Moody Chorale from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the University of Northern Iowa Concert Chorale.

Tickets may be purchased online or by mail. Visit LakeGenevaOrchestra.org or call 262-359-9072 for details.

Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

2019 Whitewater Collects Event

The Whitewater Historical Society invites you to participate in our 8th Annual Whitewater Collects event on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Whether you have displayed a collection previously, or this would be your first time, we are inviting you to share your collectibles with your neighbors at this public event. The collection can be antique, vintage, or contemporary. We will provide 1-2 tables for your display at the Cravath Lakefront Center, and there is no charge to display, or for the public to view, these collections.

Whitewater Collects takes place on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, with the doors to the Lakefront Center opening at 10:30 AM for collectors to set up their displays. Public viewing commences at 1:00 PM. We are pleased to again offer free professional verbal evaluations of 2 antique or vintage items for the public. Noted auctioneer, Carol Miller, owner of Bailey’s Honor Auction and Estate Services, LLC, will perform this service from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Ms. Miller also conducts the biennial fundraising auction for the Friends of the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

Please reply to Jan Goder at email address jgoder1976@gmail.com, or phone 262-949-0644, to register, ask questions or send your regrets. If registering, please include the number of tables you prefer, and the size and nature of your collection. Please share this information with others who may be interested.

We look forward to hearing from you, and especially seeing what you like to collect. Join us! It’s a fun, interesting, and educational event for our community!

Bohemian Rhapsody -Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 PM, Seniors in the Park

The story of the legacy rock band, Queen, and its infamous lead singer, Freddy Mercury and his struggles, from immigrant origins and sexual orientation, to eventual legendary rock status. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Actor (Rami Malek).

When: Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 PM

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 14 minutes

Whitewater High School Players take on Clue on Stage , March 7 – 10

Article and Photos by Tom Ganser

Fed up with cold, snow, and ice? And still more cold, snow and ice? Taking in a performance of the Whitewater High School Players production of “Clue On Stage” is just what the doctor is likely to order to boost your spirits.

Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble in Boddy Manor on a dark and stormy night for a very unusual dinner party.

The butler offers the oddball guests — known as Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard — a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead.

Who’s guilty of the crime? Was it Mrs. Peacock in the Study with the Knife? Or, perhaps Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Wrench?

Performances at the Whitewater High School auditorium are scheduled for Mar. 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m., along with a matinee performance on Mar. 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, and can be reserved by calling 262-472-8178. Tickets are also available one hour before the performances at the WHS Box Office.

The talented cast under the direction of Jim McCulloch include Jul Boss, Maddie Elworthy, Jillian Harkness, Lauren Harkness, Maggie Jay, Ky Kehrer, Weston Lema, Audrey Mayer, Sophie Mayer, Angie McKelvey, Aldo Rodriguez, Nicole Sedmak, Madison Strickler, Emma Van Daele, and Carter Waelchli.

Providing the technical and backstage magic for the show are Gracia Boley, Henry “Hank” Bresser, Olive Coburn, Kat Dunham, Jake Hintz, Josie Hintz, Dakota Isbell, Cally Julson, Jordyn Korf, Hailey Long, Chris Porcaro, and Slate Spear.

“Clue On Stage” is based on the 1985 cult classic Paramount Pictures film and the popular Hasbro board game, Clue.

It is a madcap whodunit comedy that will keep both cult-fans and newcomers “dying” of laughter until the very end

Audience goers are encouraged to attend the WHS Players performance dressed as one of the quirky dinner party guests – perhaps pulling out of the closet the outfit once worn at a Clue party.

Memory Café Meeting at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on March 11

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event is held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting is March 11th. The theme will be “Welcoming Birds Back”, with a focus on bird migration and related art.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

If you are attending for the first time please call 800-272-3900.

Whitewater Arts Alliance Features Art by Janet Nelson in March

Art by Janet Nelson will be exhibited at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, from Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 24, on Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.  There is a free reception, open to the public, on Sunday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the CAC.  

Artist Janet Nelson said, “I love color.  I love how color looks next to another color.  Many of my paintings start out covering the canvas with brush strokes looking at what color complements each other.  Using a limited palette, I mix almost all my colors and seldom use paint straight from the tube.  That way, I create ‘my color’ and not a manufactured one that is mixed to the point of not being able to see the small intricacies of the individual pigments.  My style had evolved through observation and changes in my environment, but I have learned not to take myself too seriously as a result.  I paint what I feel as I know that each piece that is created ends up qualifying the one before, and becomes a recognizable style.”

“I have been honored to receive awards through Arts Unlimited as well as exhibited at the Neville Museum in Green Bay;  awards in acrylics as well as purchased awards from the Susan K.  Black Foundation in Dubois, WY; and the Pine Shores Art Association in New Jersey. Most recently, I received an Honorable Mention Award at the Mary Hoard Art Show in the Spring of 2018 at the Hoard Museum as well as the Inman Creativity Award at the state Wisconsin Regional Arts Program this summer,” said Nelson.

Janet’s  work is in the Jack Richeson, Jim Parkman and Raymond Kinstler collections.

The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance. 

Whitewater Kiwanis to serve pancakes on March 2

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club will be serving their all-you-can-eat Kiwanis pancakes, delicious Jones Sausages, coffee, milk and orange juice on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old Armory, 146 W. North Street, in downtown Whitewater. For just $5 in advance and $6 at the door, people can enjoy a delicious meal and help the Kiwanis Club raise funds for many worthy projects in the community.

Tickets for the breakfast will be available at PremierBank, First Citizen’s State Bank, and Fort Community Credit Union-Whitewater. They can also be purchased from any Whitewater Kiwanian. Tickets for the breakfast are a $5 donation per person in advance and $6 at the Whitewater Armory the day of the event (with pre-school children FREE).

Lorrie Koppein, president of the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club, said, “I always look forward to our pancake event, where so many people enjoy great pancakes and help out the children in our community at the same time.”

Kiwanis thanks all of the sponsors who help make the breakfast possible with donations of products and services, including: City of Whitewater Parks & Recreation, Dalee Water Conditioning, D.L.K. Enterprises Inc., First Citizens State Bank, Jessica’s Family Restaurant, Milton Propane Inc., PremierBank, Second Salem Brewing Company, Studio 84, Gus’ Pizza, and Whitewater Manufacturing.

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is made up of dedicated volunteers who help children in the Whitewater community and the world, all with 100 percent of funds raised going directly to projects and zero to administrative costs. Each year, the club distributes approximately $20,000, with over half going to the Whitewater Unified School District, including Ferradermis, ELL Summer School Transportation, shoes for students, Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State, and scholarships. Kiwanis helped to build and maintain the Flowing Well Shelter, the shelter and accessible playground at Starin Park and Treyton’s Field of Dreams, the WHS football field lights and press box, as well as adopting a highway to clean up. In addition, the group donates to the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club, the Friends of the Whitewater Aquatic Center Family Partnership Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, Bethel House and more.

Funds are raised through annual Pancake Breakfasts that have been served continuously since the 1950s, the Discover Whitewater Series Half-Marathon Pancake Breakfast since it began, and yearly poinsettia and lily plant sales. More information can be found on the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club Facebook page.