Newsletter – 11/11/2022

Dear Strand Fan, 

Tonight the DIRECTORS’ JAZZ ORCHESTRA under the direction of Chris Taylor will take the stage at 7pm.   This concert will feature vocalists CHLOE SANDMAN and STEVE HORTON.  Chloe is an SHS graduate and currently works for Eli Lilly.   She has a wonderful voice and we look forward to hearing her again on the Strand’s stage.   Steve was a 2022 Strand Lecture Series presenter and will be making his Strand Theatre debut.  Both will be singing with the outstanding musicians of the DJO.  Tickets are available at the door.    Please note this concert starts at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm.  

Friday November 11 is also Veteran’s Day.  We know our history, and should be first in line to celebrate the contributions of those who served in our Armed Forces.    As part of the 2022 celebration the Strand is doing something special.   Not only are we presenting music of the WWII era with the Directors’ Jazz Orchestra, but we are also participating in Operation Green Light for Veterans.  Shelby County Councilwoman Linda Sanders reached out to the Strand to make us aware that Shelby County Commissions Kevin Nigh, Chris Ross, and Don Parker passed Resolution Number 2022-13 designating this week SUPPORTING OPERATION GREEN LIGHT FOR VETERANS.

The green light will remind us all of the service of our brave women and men.    The Shelby County Courthouse is bathed in green light.   The Strand’s facade is also lit in green for this event.   We are proud to participate and hope you take a moment to remember the contributions of others.   Wendell Willkie said that “Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.”    We are both strong and productive.

SHS Graduate and local historian George Young and Strand supporter wrote the following:

The War to end all Wars:  Armistice Day, as it was known back then now known as Veterans Day. It is observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces and marking the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. 


The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today, our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities and gave the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed forces. We ourselves had been in the conflict for something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army so that at last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities for political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us, in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


On Saturday we welcome Kappa Delta Phi Sorority as they present their annual SNOWFLAKE PRINCESS PAGEANT.  This is a wonderful event where young girls from across our community participate in philanthropy and learn the value of giving to others.   The pageant will be hosted by Morgan Pittman and is free of charge.  Doors open at 12:30 with the festivities starting at 1pm.  Refreshments will be served.


Last night we hosted Brad Landwerlen and the Shelby County Anti-Drug Calendar Awards.  The artwork was incredible.  The free calendars are available at the prosecutor’s office and across the county.   It is always wonderful to highlight young talent at the Strand. 


Don’t Rain on My Parade…well not so at the Strand this week.  We wish the singing was because we had Funny Girl produced on our stage, but it is not.   It rained, and it was hard.   Our ongoing saga with our HVAC has taken a turn for the worse.   We had a failure of one of our blower motors.  Sadly this was in the lobby, the only area that does not have multiple units servicing the area.   The furnace was installed in 2015.  The motor only lasted 7 years.   Because this is a super high efficiency unit, it takes a special motor.   A normal repair would have been about $400 parts and labor.  The cost of the motor only is $1800.   OUCH.    The really bad part is we have six other units the exact same age and usage.    This hurts.


Live entertainment abounds this weekend.  We have events at the Strand.  You can also see the musical comedy FREAKY FRIDAY presented by the Shelby High School Theatre Department.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at Breck Auditorium.   The Shelby County Players present their production of CINDERELLA this weekend and next at SCP OFFSTAGE on West Miller Avenue.   Check out one of these other fun events, tell them the Strand sent you.

Thank you for the support.   We have many things left in 2022 and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.  See you at the Strand!