Grand Lake: Laughter best cure for cabin fever
April 23, 2009
Cabin Fever ” Pronunced: kae bihn fee vEr. Definition ” NOUN: Extreme anxiety, restlessness, irritability caused by being confined to a small space or isolated for a length of time, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region during winter. Around here, it’s extremely contagious.
A bunch of Cabin Fever sufferers are getting together on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., to put on the Grand Arts Council’s Cabin Fever Follies talent show at the Historic Grand Lake Community House. Tickets are now on sale at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or get them at the door for $12-adult and $5-kids under 12. People you know will actually be on stage doing things ” like singing, dancing, playing instruments, reciting, telling jokes ” that they otherwise would never get to do in front of a live audience. Since the audience will also most probably be suffering from cabin fever, they will laugh and clap and really enjoy the show. The Mountain Man Ballet promises a special finale this year. Come early for a good seat ” this once-a-year show is always a sellout.
The popularity of this annual event has increased over the years. The Grand Arts Council expects a sell-out crowd for this, the 19th Annual Cabin Fever Follies. Scrape the mud off your shoes and shake off the blues by coming out to watch your friends, neighbors and family.
More than 20 acts are signed up for this year’s event, with a variety of new and encore performances.
“We discover new acts every year,” said Jan Sears, GAC volunteer who is helping organize the talent with Linda Carlson and Schelly Olson. “The acts filled up early this year.”
Arts Council president, Cathy Walton-Smith, adds, “We are thrilled by the community support for this event, year after year, both in talent and audience participation.”
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In an effort to keep the show moving along and prevent it from going on into the wee hours, Sears said the show is limited to everybody’s chance for just “5 minutes of fame.” The program will include an entertaining mix of adult professional performers, along with amateurs and kids from grade school through middle and high school. The talent comes from all over the county and includes the high school show choir, music teachers, and some great young talent performing their own compositions.
Everyone’s favorite emcee, Jim Peterson, will be back to introduce the performers and interject is brand of humor, which ranges from full belly laughs to groaners. The show will start out with an impressive performance by the youngest members of our community, offer an ample intermission with refreshments for purchase and finish up with the infamous Mountain Man Ballet ensemble. This fantastic finale is always a special surprise, but they’re always a big crowd pleaser ” and all the kids in the audience are encouraged to join them on stage. What happens in between . . . well, you’ll just have to be there.
“If you have been through a winter like this one, you too would be ready for a celebration with Cabin Fever Follies,” Sears said.
The event is a great way to get the whole family out during mud season for some live entertainment, and support a good local cause. Carlson reminds everyone, “It’s called Cabin Fever Follies for a reason.”
Adult admission is $12, kids under 12 are admitted for $5 and all proceeds benefit the Grand Arts Council. Tickets are available at the Grand Lake Art Gallery. For more information, call them at 627-3104.