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Art fundraiser Saturday at Holmes

The Historic Holmes Theatre will hold its annual "Motion" arts fundraiser this Saturday, Jan. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Each year, a committee of 15 volunteers plans the annual fund-raiser. This year's chair is Joyce Campbell.

The money raised by the annual event is used to offset general ticket prices at the theater, and provide children's programming and scholarships for children to participate in arts activities at the Holmes, Campbell said.

Children from as far away as West Fargo, Mahnomen, Pelican Rapids and Perham -- as well as Detroit Lakes, Lake Park-Audubon, Frazee-Vergas and Waubun-Ogema-White Earth -- come to the Historic Holmes Theatre to enjoy its children's programming, she added.

At least four times each year, the theater hosts shows geared primarily toward children. Called the Discovery/Family Series, these shows have included everything from award-winning Broadway musicals ("A Year With Frog & Toad) to regional favorites like the Minneapolis-based Jungle Sam & the Singing Safari Band.

According to Holmes Theatre administrator Amy Stoller Stearns, what makes the shows so popular is that students from area schools are offered the opportunity to see them at a greatly reduced group rate (this year, that rate is $4 per student).

These reduced rates are made possible not only through the sponsorship of local businesses and individuals, Stearns noted, but also through the annual Motion fund-raiser, which last year brought in approximately $30,000.

Funds raised from Motion also offset the cost of the theater's arts outreach programs, which bring music and art into area schools.

"Last year, over 12,000 students participated in the theater's outreach activities," Campbell said.

And when a capella band InPulse was in town to play a concert at the theater last Thursday, the foursome also went out into several area schools to do some performances for the students, Stearns said.

Students are also offered the opportunity to attend other shows at the Holmes Theatre throughout the season, "for half price or less," Stearns said. They can even enjoy the theater's monthly Cabaret Nights for free, she added.

All of these arts activities are made possible by a combination of sponsorships and funds raised through Motion, Stearns added.

This year's fund-raiser, "Motion Gone Wild," is a safari-themed celebration. The Holmes Ballroom will become an exotic jungle, complete with live plants, a waterfall, and even some reptilian guests.

"Each year, the ballroom gets absolutely transformed," Campbell said. "It's totally 'shock and awe.'"

"It's worth the ticket price just to see the ballroom," Stearns said with a smile.

But there is much more than cool decorations to be enjoyed during Motion. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with appetizer stations and hors d'oeuvres served by a butler.  

There will also be dozens of "Gatherings to Go" for sale. These gatherings are fixed price, scheduled events for a group of people such as a concert, class, dinner or an adventure. They are designed to bring people in the community together for an experience that is out of the ordinary.

"You get to meet new people, form new friendships -- and enjoy a truly unique experience," said Campbell. "It's a fantastic way to bring our communities together.

At 8 p.m., there will be a live auction, followed by a raffle drawing for a trip for four to Disney's Animal Kingdom, or a trip for two to Belize. Raffle tickets are $25 and are available at the DLCCC Front Desk, the Holmes Theatre Box Office, or at Motion.

Live music by pop/rock band, Betty Does, will get the crowd dancing, starting at around 8:30 p.m. and continuing until midnight.

As for the dress code -- there is none, as Campbell and Stearns were quick to note.

"If you want to wear shorts and a T-shirt, khaki pants and a golf shirt, or a jungle-print gown, that's just fine," Campbell said. "It's not about what you wear, it's about the spirit you bring to the event."

It's also open to all ages, "from 21 to 100," Stearns said -- though because there are cocktails served, it is adults-only.

Tickets for Motion are $50 to enjoy the entire evening, or $15 to attend the dance only. You can reserve your spot by calling the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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