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Comedian Robert Post (left) worked with students from Detroit Lakes, Frazee-Vergas and Lake Park-Audubon schools at the Holmes Ballroom prior to his one-man show at the Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday night. This is one example of the arts outreach programming funded by the theater's annual Motion fund-raiser, which will be held this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

"Motion" fund-raiser set for Saturday at DL's Holmes Theatre

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"Motion" fund-raiser set for Saturday at DL's Holmes Theatre
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Each year, Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre brings in a wide range of local, regional, national and international talent to perform on its stage.


But an equally important part of its mission, according to Holmes Theatre Administrator Amy Stoller Stearns, is the theater's youth outreach programs. These programs benefited 12,000 young people in the lakes area during 2009 alone.

That number includes over 2,000 students who had one-on-one interaction with an artist, 7,000 who saw a live theater performance, and nine area schools that received visits from an artist or performer -- and those are conservative numbers, Stearns added.

Every year, the theater holds a fund-raiser to help offset the cost of those outreach programs. Known as Motion, the event has become a popular local tradition.

"I got involved about four years ago," said Michelle Maier. "I came to Motion, and I had so much fun."

When she was subsequently approached by theater staff about becoming involved with the annual benefit, Maier said yes. This year, she's chairing the committee.

"I've always loved the arts and the theater," she said. "It's been a real joy working with (the Motion committee) -- they're a very creative group."

This year's Motion benefit is set for Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Holmes Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the fun won't stop until midnight, Stearns said.

The 2010 celebration has a 1970s theme -- with lava lamps, mood rings, beanbag chairs, disco balls and more.

Though costumes are not required, Motion attendees are "strongly encouraged" to drag those polyester suits and platform shoes out of the back of the closet and "get their groove on," Stearns said with a smile.

"It will bring your youth back," added Maier.

Or for those who weren't around in the 1970s, it's an opportunity to experience what it was like, Stearns said, noting that the Motion celebration is "for all ages."

Besides the décor, the 1970s theme will be carried out with the food and drinks as well, Stearns added.

Catered by Central Market, the menu will include "lots of fondue" as well as made-to-order "White Castle" mini-burgers, served with a variety of toppings. There will also be pigs in blankets, deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail shooters and homemade cream puffs, just to name a few of the more unique items.

Some of the items will be passed around by servers in theme-appropriate costumes, while others will be served on TV trays, buffet-style.

The cash bar will also include several 1970s-themed cocktails, like Highballs and "Purple Passion," Stearns said.

There will also be a live auction starting at 8 p.m., with the top prizes including Vikings tickets, weekend trip getaways and jewelry. Raffle tickets are being sold at $10 each, with the top prizes to be given away at the benefit including a trip for two to Las Vegas and two tickets to the 2010 Moondance Jam Festival in Walker, Minn.

Another unique aspect of the Motion benefit is its "Gatherings to Go," a series of fixed-date, fixed-price events taking place throughout the year in which Motion guests can sign up to participate --during the benefit only.

Some of these "Gatherings" might include pontoon excursions, private gourmet dinners at local residences, trips to see theater productions in the Twin Cities, and more. The number of openings available for each "Gathering" will vary depending on the size of the venue, distance to the event, etc.

To cap off the evening's festivities, there will be a dance starting at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, a Fargo-based, 12-piece band that includes "a lot of brass" as well as guitars, keyboard and drums.

"They will play music from the 1970s, including disco -- songs everyone knows and loves," Stearns said.

Tickets for the benefit are $50 each, but for those who can't come for the whole evening, there will be dance-only tickets available for $15. To purchase, stop by the Holmes Theatre box office, call 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visit

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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