I started what became a lifelong career as a photographer in a small darkroom in a closet in Mr. Bremer’s office at Amherst High School. I was very active as a Falcon Flyer newsletter and Yearbook photographer throughout my time in High School. The Amherst Opera House recently received a donation of quite a bit of professional photography equipment. The donation from Walcott Studios in Columbus, WI includes studio lights, numerous backgrounds, portrait props, and educational material. Our intent is to develop a shooting space in our lower level and make it available to students, local photographers, and anyone interested in learning more about photography. This fits well with our mission to provide a space where people can learn, enjoy, and practice their art. Stay tuned for more details as our plans take shape.
Only 17 days left including today, Sunday, 1/15/23. We are doing great! Thanks much to those who have donated so far. We need to raise $5,415.56 more in order to reach our goal of $20,000.00 which will enable us to receive the maximum $10,000.00 donation from Jerome Guyant. Every donation helps regardless of the amount of money. Donations can be mailed to Amherst Opera House, PO Box 277, Amherst, WI 54406,
or made online at https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3110295
or dropped off in person at the International Bank of Amherst.
December 2022 Newsletter
Here is the link to our December 2022 Newsletter: December Newsletter
Amherst Opera House/Community Hall History
Here is a link to an excellent article written by Professor Sada Reed of Arizona State University’s Walter Kronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This was written just prior to the formation of the Amherst Opera House Co. Guild 501(c)3 and subsequent purchase of the Amherst Opera House. https://www.sadareed.com/single-post/amherst-hopeful-for-opera-house-s-future
2022 Season is over.
The “Christmas in the Village Community Choir” event was the last event for our 2022 season. What a tremendous way to end the year, a sold out event bringing the community together with songs and celebrations of Christmas. The building is winterized, the new furnaces are cold, as we actively plan our 2023 season. If you have ideas for use of the building please let us know.
Christmas in the Village Community Choir
Thank you to all who participated in the “Christmas in the Village” event at the Amherst Opera House on Friday evening 12/2/22. It turned out to be a truly unique and enjoyable experience for all. Starting with a chili feed with local baked deserts and a selection of beer & wine at 5:30pm, then having a front row seat for the TRBA Christmas Parade from the front steps & outdoors of the Opera House. Patio heaters and high tables made it a great place to take in the parade. Then a performance by the Community Choir at 7:30pm. The Amherst Opera House Co. Guild is thrilled to have been a part of this event. Most especially, thanks go to all the volunteer choir members and Janet Glodowski for making it all happen. We can’t wait for December 9th, 2023 when we can experience it again.
Matching Fundraiser Starts Today
The Amherst Opera House is beginning a project to replace all basement windows as well as the south, basement, and rear stage entrance doors. This project will cost approximately $37,000.00, please consider making a donation that will be matched by Jerome Guyant.
Quarterly Board Meeting 11/30/22
Join us at our next quarterly Board Meeting. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2022, held at the Amherst Opera House/Community Hall starting at 6:30 PM. Discussion will include 2022/2023 schedule of events, restoration projects, past, current, & future, as well as ideas for future events and ideas to increase volunteers & AOH Co Guild membership.
Tim Atwood elected to Grand Old Opry Hall of Fame
Tim Atwood has performed twice at the Amherst Opera House in the last 2 years. Tim & Roxanne Atwood have become close friends of the Amherst Opera House. Congratulations Tim on all the years of hard work. The induction into the GOO Hall of Fame is well deserved. Tim’s statement follows:
“Sunday night I was inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame at the Josie Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House! This was a big deal for me.
Honestly, this was such an amazing night, made absolutely perfect when my longtime friend Jeannie Seely came out in support of me because she loves me. We love each other.
Sharing the stage with Jeannie that night was magical. I know the house was filled with music crusaders, but when Seely and I began to sing, for me, we were the only two people in the room. There was magic in the air for me. It’s true. You can’t make old friends…you earn them with time and trust, respect and love. And to receive a standing ovation after that performance at the Grand Ole Opry House was the bow on the package. My heart was full!”
Thanks to the Trudeau family the Amherst Opera House has new window valances. They are beautiful. The only issue might be that it is now apparent how great the space will look after the plaster repair and painting is done. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves in the restoration process. Thanks much to the Trudeau family for this wonderful addition to the Amherst Opera House.