The Cambrian

Pinedorado Follies tickets are going fast

Stephen Gryte, left, and Peggy Christianson sell tickets to the Pinedorado Follies about 9 a.m. Monday in front of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce. Marvin Weitzenhoffer, right, is purchasing his.
Stephen Gryte, left, and Peggy Christianson sell tickets to the Pinedorado Follies about 9 a.m. Monday in front of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce. Marvin Weitzenhoffer, right, is purchasing his. sprovost@thetribunenews.com

About a dozen hardy theatergoers lined up on foggy Main Street early Monday morning, Aug. 1, to be among the first in line to buy general admission tickets to the 2016 Pinedorado Follies dinner-theater show, “A Joyful Wedding Celebration.” Tickets cost $50 each, including the catered meal.

By the end of the day, according to writer/producer/director Peggy Christianson, about 120 tickets had been sold at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.

That’s in addition to a similar amount of the pre-sold, so-called “Angel Tickets,” for which people had shelled out $100 each for the guaranteed privileges of being closest to the stage, being able to specify their tablemates (if they wished) and other benefits.

The Follies dinner theater takes the stage (and the floor) of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., at 6:30 p.m. on four nights, Thursday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4.

The audience will be attending a wedding reception with all the usual elements. However, this reception will have a lot more songs, dances … and surprises.

Peggy Christianson

“We have been delighted by the enthusiasm Cambria has shown for this Follies dinner-theater idea,” Christianson said in an email interview Tuesday, Aug. 2. “At many restaurants you might expect to pay $50 for a four-course meal plus wine, tax and tip. At the Follies, you get all that plus a terrific show. Even better, proceeds go to the great local organizations the Lions Club supports.”

Because this show is dinner theater, only 384 tickets were offered. Christianson said, “There are plenty of seats still available … but probably not for long.” Buy tickets at the chamber office, 767 Main St.

Christianson sought to clear up a bit of confusion, however. “The tickets say ‘smart dress requested,’ and some people ask what that means.” She advises them to “dress as you would if you were going to a wedding,” because “the audience will be attending a wedding reception with all the usual elements. However, this reception will have a lot more songs, dances … and surprises.”

Pinedorado prep

Meanwhile, Lions Club of Cambria members are in full, all-hands-on-deck, pre-Pinedorado mode, with busy Saturday workdays (9 a.m. to noon or so), prepping the grounds adjacent to the vets’ building. They’ve been pulling sage and other weeds, scrubbing down the kitchen and other areas, removing stacks of wood and doing other get-ready-for-the-fun chores.

The club, which sponsors Pinedorado as a fundraiser for local and national charities, welcomes assistance to prepare the area that will be filled with thousands of people during the three-day Labor Day celebration.

Pinedorado Chairman Greg Wilson, Parade Chairwoman Loni Zaragoza, Car Show Chairman Nate Fearonce and others are in duty-juggling mode, processing entries, parceling out chores and checking completed chores off their to-do lists as they add twice as many more items at the bottom.

It’s a big year for the annual festivities, Wilson said in a recent phone interview. “Cambria is 150 years old this year, Lions International celebrates 100 years, and it’s the 10th anniversary of the Pinedorado Car Show.”

The “Celebrate the Past, Serve the Future” parade will include four marching bands and lots of surprises, he said.

Wilson said the popular Zoo to You show will return at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and Jill Knight will perform at 2 p.m. on “Music Monday,” Sept. 5. He is finalizing some other entertainment surprises, especially for Car Show Sunday, Sept. 4.

Some classes in the 10th annual Car and Bike Show have been modified or divided in order to make in class competition more fair and balanced, according to Lions Club of Cambria information at www.pinedorado.com. There also are new Porsche and Hot Rod classes among the 26 classes.

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