Box in the Wood plans to serve up ‘Pageant,’ ‘Lombardi’

They say that the older you get, time seems to go by faster. And I have to agree with that.

It’s November already, and time to think about Thanksgiving and deer hunting — both of which bring the kids home, so we like that. Bob will make a pot of his special chicken soup and bake bread. Maybe I’ll make some chili, too. Of course, we’ll need some sweets! Nothing tastes as good as a bowl of hot soup when you come in from the woods, hungry and cold.

Talking about soup, the Mielke smelled of hot turkey dumpling soup during the Merry Mielke Craft Fair. The Bluebird Cafe served up the soup, along with pulled pork sandwiches and homemade cinnamon rolls. Vendors served up holiday crafts of all kinds. The cold breezes and snow didn’t stop the shoppers from coming. We all had a good time!

You’ve probably heard that we are reprising “Lombardi” for one weekend only, Jan. 26-28, in the form of dinner theater. The dinner will be catered and served on two evenings only, Friday and Saturday, before the show. The show on Sunday will be a 2 p.m. matinee. General seating will also be available. Tom Madsen is the director. Dinner menu is being finalized, along with ticket cost for this special event. I will have all the details next month.

Our current special event coming up at the Mielke is the wonderful, well-known children’s play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. The dates are 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Mary Madsen, director, said the children in the cast are talented and excited to perform this family program.

Mary will be assisted by Karen Fuller and Ryan Winn. Reduced admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Call 715-526-2525 to reserve a seat or buy your ticket at the door. Get in the true spirit of giving with this theatrical gift to your family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone … and successful hunting!

Ann Van Grinsven is vice president of the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild.