By Mary Brocato
Fall will be a busy time in the Many Cultural District, Mayor Ken Freeman said.
“Our Cultural District Advisory Committee has worked hard to make sure there’s plenty to do. We’ll have movies and a music show at the Many Community Center, and we’ll also have Happy Hours classes at the Many Historic Depot Museum,” Freeman said.
Activities will increase each month leading up to the Magical Christmas Festival, which begins Nov. 24 and lasts until Dec. 25. There will be activities almost every day during that period.
Two free movies will play during the month of October. “LaLa Land” is the featured movie on Saturday, Oct. 7, and “Ghost Busters” will be the Halloween movie on Saturday, Oct. 21. These movies will play at the Many Community Center, still known to many people as the “Old Sabine Theater.”
Meanwhile, Happy Hours painting classes be offered at the Many Historic Depot Museum on Saturday, Oct 14. Happy Hours Crafts classes will be taught at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21. Happy Hours Jewelry Making classes will be taught on Saturday, Oct. 28. All classes are taught from 1-4 p.m. and require reservations and small fees to cover materials and supplies. Members of the Depot Art Guild teach the Happy Hours classes. The numbers to call to reserve a place in the various classes are as follows:
Painting class (Farm House Fuchsias) Call Kimberley Remedies at 337-424-6526. $20 fee for this class on Oct. 14.
Craft class (Festive Fall Wreath) Call Shanna Dees Gaspard at 318- 602-1641. $20 fee for this class on Oct. 21.
Jewelry making class (Beaded brooch) Call Cheryl Pearsall at 727-534-1057. $25 fee for this class on Oct. 28.
Music in Many is offered on Oct. 28 at the Many Community Center. This month’s musical performers will be the popular Buster Jordan and Sarah Strickland Erwin with Friends. The cost of a ticket is $10 and $5. Veterans are admitted free to this show.
“You can see we have a busy schedule,” Mayor Freeman said. “All we want now is for people to support these movies, music shows and arts classes by attending them and participating. We deliberately make these events either free or very affordable. The idea is to provide entertainment and cultural events for our Many and Sabine Parish residents at a reasonable cost so that no one can complain that there’s nothing to do around here.”
The Town of Many, the Sabine Historical Society and the Many Cultural District Advisory are restoring the Many Depot and converting it into an historical museum. The group’s hope for completion by early 2018.
The old Sabine Theatre was restored and given a new life as he Many Community Center. Music shows, movies and special events are scheduled there every weekend.