Less than a month ago, on Sept. 3, the Citizens for Backus/AB assumed ownership of the Backus/AB complex in International Falls. Since that time, many exciting things have been happening with the help of community volunteers—some coming from as far away as Blackduck.
Since Sept. 3, we have had a very successful fundraiser. With the help of Allied Concert Service, we were able to present “Marcoux Corner,” a very talented and entertaining a cappella quartet.
Since Sept. 3, we have hired a part-time director and a full-time custodian. We have acquired—through donations—two computers and a copy machine. The first floor of Backus and the third floor of the AB building have been cleaned by volunteers, and the Backus hall floors are being waxed and buffed, also by a volunteer.
Now even though all of these things are wonderful in themselves, we are looking forward to many more things in the future, including more concerts before the end of the year.
0002000004D3000003DA 4CD, Paul Severson and Friends will present an Artists Showcase (#2), the Rainy River Community Orchestra and Chorus will present Handel’s “Messiah,” and there is a possibility of a community Christmas carol sing-along.
There will be a gallery showing of Ray Anderson photos. We also are working out details for a concert of country music Oct. 26.
Of course, all of these benefits do not come without hard work and income. We are looking for volunteers to man phones, help set up databases, clean, usher, and do many other jobs. A few hours a week or a month by many persons add up to many hours.
And we are looking for people to donate supplies. We are, at this time, formulating a list of things needed for the daily operations of the buildings.
We appreciate and thank all the volunteers who have worked so tirelessly to achieve our goal of bringing new life to Backus and AB. We are looking forward to many more years of working with the citizens from the area to maintain and keep these buildings a vital part of the community.
If you would like to help or have questions about what is going on, please feel free to contact our office at 1-218-285-7225.