The Appleton Chamber of Commerce will be serving as the community partner for the play which will take the form of a “walking theater performance” on Appleton’s main street. The play will be performed by local citizens and will tell real stories about events and people of Appleton in the form of story and song. Similar plays have been produced by PlaceBase Productions in recent years about the communities of Granite Falls, Fergus Falls and New London.
In celebration of Applefest and to kick off the research phase of the play project, Pioneer Public TV is sponsoring a History Hayride of Downtown Appleton on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in taking part in the hayride please RSVP by calling Pioneer Public TV at 320-289-2622.
Local historian Tom Rice will be narrating the historical tour which will begin at the footbridge on the north end of Main Street. Special guests for the hayride will be Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions. Over the next several months Hanson and Gaylord will be meeting with individuals and groups to gather stories about Appleton's history to include in the play.
This activity is being made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For more information, contact Patrick Moore at Pioneer Public Television 320-289-2919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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