Mighty Wurlitzer roars Oct. 21st for Halloween warm-up

Ken Double

I am writing because it is an exciting time for the Long Center Theatre Organ Society and the Mighty Wurlitzer! We will have plenty to report in our next issue of Vox Wurlitzer, which will hit your mail boxes and emails soon. But in the meantime, here are some great opportunities for you to enjoy the Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center.

On Sunday, October 21st at 2:30 p.m., yours truly returns to provide a horror-filled preview to Halloween. The 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features the virtuoso touch of John Barrymore, then the finest actor in American theatre, making his mark in film. Tickets to hear the Mighty Wurlitzer and see “The Great Profile” in this piece of classic cinema are just $5 at the door. What a deal!! This is being done in full partnership with Long Center, and we say “Thanks” to Eric Van Cleave and the entire Long Center staff for these ventures that are so good for the continuing exposure of the Wurlitzer to the public. And thanks for all of the members of the LCTOS Board who commit so much time and effort for our one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer pipe organ!

There will be other special events after the New Year, and of course, on Saturday, June 8th, it’s the Ken Double Variety Show #37!

So mark your calendars for a spooky October 21st and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Bring the family and friends for holiday movie fun and the Mighty Wurlitzer. And look for your next issue of Vox Wurlitzer and lots more great news about our great theatre pipe organ.

See you soon!!

Ken Double

Tibia Club: Helping the Wurlitzer Hit the High Notes

We’re very pleased to announce a brand-new and very special donor-membership level: The Tibia Club. Named after the foundation stop of the theatre organ, The Tibia Club is an opportunity to significantly impact the Mighty Wurlitzer Endowment Fund. Read more

Steamboat Bill, Jr. with the Mighty Wurlitzer 1/26

Experience Buster Keaton’s silent film the way it was meant to be — with the sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ! Organist Ken Double returns to play his score for this classic comedy on Friday January 26th, 7:30 pm, Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets only $5 — if you’ve never seen silent film with Mighty Wurlitzer accompaniment, this is a great event to attend! Synopsis available on our Events page  and more info on Facebook.

 

Mighty Wurlitzer Opus 1824

Mighty Wurlitzer: Memory of a Lifetime

Every so often someone shares with us just how much the sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer means to them. Take a look at a wonderful letter we recently received:

October 2017

Dear LCTOS-

Two years ago I attended a conference at Purdue University. My dad, Jack Byers, had attended there for 1 1/2 years before getting called to serve in WWII. He returned in 1946 to finish his degree in Engineering. He want on to work as a design engineer for Pontiac Division of GM and retired after 33 years.

Growing up, he loved theatre organs and took us many times to Detroit TOS for concerts as well as live accompaniment to silent films. He studied organs and helped repair a few when he could. He used this knowledge to eventually buy and install a pipe organ in his church in Clarkston, MI (Methodist Church).

At the Purdue conference in May 2015 I skipped a late session and took a slightly different route back to my hotel. I passed a truck on the street and noted that it said, “Organ Repair.” A few feet later I stopped and took a second look, then looked up at the building it was parked in front of. “No kidding,” I thought to myself. “I wonder if this repair man is working on a theatre organ?” So I took a chance and pulled on the door handle and to my amazement, it was open! So I came inside and was greeted in the lobby by a young gentleman who was kind enough to start showing me around. He offered to start up the organ (if the repair man was finished) and after several minutes of warm-up, I heard the glorious sounds that I knew so well. This was where my dad stood so many years ago, and I felt his smile from heaven. Thank you for the thrill and a memory of a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Rebecca K.
Holt, MI

 

If the Mighty Wurlitzer has thrilled you also, or if you have a story to share about the Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center, we’d love to hear it! Share here in the comments or drop us an email at events@lctos.org.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY HANNUKAH, AND OF COURSE, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Ken Double at the console of the Mighty Wurlitzer, Long Center.

Ken Double, President, LCTOS.

We at the Long Center Theatre Organ Society approach the final days of a most eventful 2017 with great anticipation for the New Year. Successful shows; significant upgrades to the Wurlitzer; and the foundation for funding long-term find us almost giddy with anticipation.

For our friends, patrons, and event attendees, our thanks to you, as always. We look forward to seeing you at our next event, January 26th and Buster Keaton’s hilarious silent film comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr.

And one final pitch. It’s interesting to note that statisticians who track such things tell us that more than 10% of charitable giving happens in the last three days of the year.

That’s a not-so-gentle reminder to please think of us at the LCTOS if you have any thoughts of financial support. There might be tax advantages for donors.

And more importantly, if a donation is earmarked for LCTOS via the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the LaNelle Geddes Matching Grant program could boost your gift by 50%! This is a great opportunity for donors and LCTOS alike.

I will see you January 26th, and again in June for our 36th annual variety show. Meanwhile, to all of you, I hope you and your families and friends have a joyous holiday season, a wonderful New Year’s celebration, and that 2018 is the best ever for all!

Ken Double

LCTOS Qualifies For CFGL’s Geddes Campaign — A 50% Match

In January 2017, LCTOS established The Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center Endowment Fund to provide for the long-range future of the great pipe organ under the management of the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. This partnership has now created the most exciting opportunity our organization has ever enjoyed: LCTOS is a qualified recipient of matching dollars from CFGL’s LaNelle Geddes Fund Campaign.  

New, individual donations of cash or securities made through CFGL on or after November 28, 2017 through August 1, 2018 — or until the Geddes Campaign monies are depleted — will be matched by 50%. For example, a $100 gift eligible for a Geddes Fund 50% match nets The Mighty Wurlitzer Fund $150. A  gift of $1,000 nets $1,500; a gift of $10,000 nets $15,000.

If you are among those who can take advantage of donations to nonprofit organizations for your tax benefit, there is no better time to assist The Mighty Wurlitzer Fund. The opportunity to prepare for concerts and silent films; theatre organ presentations at Long Center events; and guarantee the future of this unique instrument for another 40 years of music-making, is now! Contributors can jump-start the organization on its way to the short-term $50,000 mark, and the long-term $250,000 goal.

There are restrictions on the manner of contribution: Gifts should be payable directly to The Community Foundation (100 Main St. Ste 100, Lafayette, IN  47901) and earmarked for the Mighty Wurlitzer Fund.

For more info or questions about the Mighty Wurlitzer Fund, contact Jay Mermoud or Amy Brinkley at events@lctos.org. They will happily answer your questions on gifts, eligibility, and our plans looking forward.                    

About The Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center Endowment Fund

  • Established January 2017.
  • Fund balance currently stands at $10,000.
  • Short-term goal: $50,000 by January 1, 2019.  
  • Five-year goal: $250,000 in 2022 (the 40th anniversary of the installation of the Mighty Wurlitzer).

Same Great Sound, Brand New Look

Voila — our new logo! And new website! But don’t worry, the Mighty Wurlitzer is its usual sweet and powerful self. With lots of other exciting changes ongoing at LCTOS, we thought it was time to update, so we engaged Michael Panich of Boulder Design Studio to create the new look and to build the new website. Our first change since 1987 when LCTOS was formed (thirty years ago!), the new look is lean, clean, and distinctively identifies our organization.

The world is literally at the fingertips of people today, as so much information is presented on the web and social media; the old site didn’t allow us to share nearly as much as we want and need to with LCTOS members, Greater Lafayette, and theatre organ enthusiasts everywhere. Thus, the new website makes time-sensitive news, events notices, and info about the Wurlitzer more easily accessible, and is far easier to update and maintain. It also “marries” digitally to Facebook and other social media, and offers audiences and supporters simple and direct ways to access online ticket sales, membership renewals, and CD sales, if they prefer online options.

And it is VERY good that your 90-year-old Mighty Wurlitzer presents a fresh, up-to-date online face in 2017 with a sparkling new website and logo, and instant access for all those folks who participate in the digital world.

So, whether you’re a long-time friend or a new one, make yourself at home! Learn more about the life of Mighty Wurlitzer Opus 1824 (even hear it play); read the history of theatre pipe organs at the Mars/Long Center; check out this season’s upcoming performances on the Events page. You’re welcome here, and we hope to see you at soon at an LCTOS event for the full Mighty Wurlitzer experience.