Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 West Douglas County Record

Open House Brandon Auditorium November 15, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House at the Brandon Auditorium or helped us in any way. It was a huge success.  Special thanks go to Bob Piotrowski for his wonderful music and the Beautiful and Talented Johari Tribe Dancers.  The entertainment was enjoyed by all. 

 Everyone got enough to eat.

This dance looked a little bit dangerous. 

 Music by Bob Piotrowski was enjoyed by all.

 There was a great crowd. 

 The Beautiful and Talented Johari Tribe Dancers supplied great entertainment.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Historic Brandon Auditorium

This unique building was constructed in our hometown as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project during the Great Depression and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  Folks from all over the country stop and ask for a tour of this unusual structure.  They want to know about its construction and the history that goes with it.  They marvel at the wood carvings that were created especially for this building, there are no others like it anywhere.  The huge mural is also a one of a kind work of art.  Its artist has other work displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Philadelphia.  Many community members and even some of our relatives, gave their field rocks, time and sweat working on its construction.  If only the walls could talk about everything they have seen in the past 80 years.  For 21 years all of the Brandon High School graduations were held in this place.  Can you even believe that the Silver Streak Basketball Team played the Harlem Globetrotters here?  Through the years, young people of all ages came from miles around to dance, watch movies and roller skate.  Sixteen big name bands held dances inside these walls on a regular basis.  We can all personally remember the wonderful events that we have attended here.  We can all be very proud to have this well used treasure in our town.  It is up to each of us to try to help preserve this special building in any way that we can so that many others may also enjoy it in the future.

  Brandon History Center

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Brandon Auditorium Kitchen Countdown

The Brandon Auditorium Kitchen Countdown is on.   Do you think that it will be finished in time for the November 15th Open House?  Keep your fingers crossed.  What is your bet?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Beautiful Shoes at the Silent Auction

Come and browse through the beautiful new shoes at the Silent Auction.  More baskets for the Silent Auction would be welcome and appreciated.  You can give Marcia a call at 320-524-2174 or they can be dropped off at

 The Brandon City Office. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cast Iron Sink at Silent Auction

Please join the Brandon History Center on Wednesday November 15th from 5 - 7 PM at the Brandon Auditorium to see the newly remodeled kitchen.  There will be Hot Dogs/BBQ's, chips and Bars. (Free Will Offering) and a cash wine/beer bar.   Entertainment will be provided by The Johari Tribe Dancers and Music by Bob Piotrowski.  There will be  silent auction  items to help offset the costs to repair the auditorium walls.  One of the silent auction items will be a historical piece of the auditorium.  This original cast iron sink from the old kitchen will be on the auction...starting bid $500.00  Please join us for a night of food and fun. 

If you would like to include a silent auction item for this sale, please contact Marcia Bolin at 320-524-2174.  This is a great cause to get involved in. Everyone's help is much appreciated.