hristmas: Highlights of my Holidays
Christmas holidays are always the busiest time of the year for me. This last year
was no exception. The holidays found me in many places all over the country. I
would like to share with you some of the wonderful events I was involved in.
Augusta, Kansas is privileged to have the Augusta Historical
Theatre in downtown Augusta.. The Art Deco theatre was built in 1935, during the
height of grand theatre building in the United States. One of my pet projects
is to see that the theaters that have survived over the years remain intact. These
buildings are works of art that were designed and decorated with such imagination.
Today most of them are fighting to survive. It is costly to operate them and sometimes
$$$$$ for the land is more important to some folks.
Augusta Arts Council is fighting to keep their theater alive. Chris and I attended
a Fundraising event that included a screening of the film It's a Wonderful
Life. We both enjoyed the stories of the history of the theatre. When I walked
into the door, I could almost hear the voices and feel all the ghosts that abound
in this wonderful structure. Everything had been preserved as well as could be
considering there had been a fire and of course the progress of modern times.
projection room reeked of the days when there was busy activity and wonderful
classics being shown on the projectors that still were in operation. What a thrill
to see and feel all of this.
you Augusta for inviting Chris and I to participate in this special
viewing of the movie. When I have the opportunity to watch It's
a Wonderful Life just spring into life as it is rolling on the
big screen, I see so much of the wonderful effects that the creative
director Frank Capra used. His artistry and love for family values
always stirs emotions in me that just make me feel warm all over.
To compound that effect, God put on his own production. When everyone
started to leave, we walked out the door and saw that it was snowing
ever so lightly. I felt like I really was in Bedford Falls.