Gala Festival offers local music, art talent Oct. 16

Dr. Henry Wolthuis

For The New Era

The Community Gala Autumn Festival of Music and Fine Arts, now in its 14th year, was begun to allow an opportunity for local artists and musicians to share their talents with an appreciative audience.

The goal has been a successful one and has brought together and sometimes out of the woodwork talent that Sweet Home and neighboring communities can be proud of.

It is a traditional evening of viewing impressive artwork, followed by a concert featuring a variety of instruments, vocalists, youth, choirs and more.

One of the main features this year will be the Bell Choir from Lebanon, directed by Nancy Kirkelie. The choir is well known in Lebanon, primarily for its Christmas programs. It includes many members from Sweet Home.

Other participants will include a string trio, piano and organ solos, choirs and music that will range from highly classical to some bluegrass as we enjoy friendships over refreshments.

Traditions are good things, and we will miss Father Andrew Harris, who has shared his Irish blessings at the conclusions of the concert and has now been retired from his ministry at St. Helen’s Catholic Church.

Musicians and artists are always being sought for this event, and suggestions are welcome and may be passed on to Henry and Mollie Wolthuis and John Wittwer.

This is a non-denominational community event. A large and appreciative audience contributes to the success of this event.

Take the time now to mark it on your calendars and plan to be there.

The art show opens at 6:30 p.m. with concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1155 22nd Ave., across from Husky Stadium.