The Bonham Theatre Project is planning its next fundraiser entitled, “Memories of the Bonham.” The event is planned for Friday, May 3rd from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Fairbury Elks Club at 525 G Street in downtown Fairbury. The event will feature the music of The Kramer Sisters, a musical variety group performing classic country, big band era and polka music, both for listening and dancing. According to BTP president, Diane Schutt, “there will be great entertainment, raffle prizes, door prizes and refreshments.” Tickets for the event are $5 in advance or $6 at the door and can be reserved by calling 402.300.7146.
The concept for the “Memories of the Bonham” theme was inspired by the many stories told to Bonham Theatre Project board members, including a letter sent to BTP treasurer Debby Ebke by Fairbury native Jim Chatelain. In his letter, Chatelain recalled many fond memories of the Bonham Theatre, including working there as an usher in his late ‘teens in the 1940’s under the management of Ira Crain. Chatelain donated $5,000 towards the restoration of the Bonham, to which he referred to it as “my old friend.” The scanned copy of the letter in Chatelain’s own handwriting is posted online and can be read in its entirety by clicking here to view PDF.
“Recognizing that the Bonham Theatre is not just a building but a special place where memories were made is a very important catalyst for wanting to restore, rehabilitate and reopen the movie theatre. Those stories and memories need to be collected and recorded for future generations – it’s a very important thread in the fabric of our community’s history and provides the basis for the mission of our entire project.” according to board member, Julie Katz.
Proceeds will benefit the Bonham Theatre Project, whose mission is to rehabilitate and reopen the historic Bonham Theatre as an arts and entertainment venue in downtown Fairbury.
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