Mount Vernon – In 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder [portrayed by Meg Literall] appeared at the Elixir Chautauqua series and drew an audience of 143 people. Ever since, many people have requested her to return as they either enjoyed it so much they wanted to see her again or missed the show and wished they haven’t. Do to the popular demand, Meg Literall is coming to present the program again, however, being she has revisited the sites of Laura’s journey through life [for the fifth or sixth time], she will yet be adding another layer of authenticity to the presentation.
For those unfamiliar with Wilder, she wrote the popular “Little House on the Prairie” book series that is seems is required reading for every girl in this country and the series became a wildly [no relation] popular television series 1974-1983 starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert. The books were originally published in the 1930’s and tell of life growing up in Midwest region of the United States in the late 19th century.
Meg Literall is best known in this area as an amazingly eclectic musician, both as a violinist with the Knox County Symphony and a fiddler various settings including as organizer of the upcoming fiddle contest at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.
Opening the program will be a group of Meg’s friends as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Band, playing and encouraging sing along of songs Laura mentions her father playing and the family loving to sing.
The Chautauqua will be this coming Thursday, July 27 at 7 PM at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street) in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio. Doors open at 6 PM. This is a donation basis event and co-sponsored by Elixir (musical trio consisting of Chris Petee, Gerry Rensel and Mike Petee), the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Civic/Charities Fund. For more information on this and other upcoming programs visit www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-6102.