‘tour de Fort’ passports set to go on sale

With the final “tour de Fort” concert of the 2006/07 season coming up this Friday (April 13), passports for the 2007/08 season will go on sale that evening as part of “Passport Holder Appreciation Night.”
Concert-goers are encouraged to show up at the FFHS cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m. to mix-and-mingle with “tour de Fort” directors and buy a new passport prior to the Ian Thomas concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cookies, coffee, and water will be served up as a show of thanks to current passport-holders for supporting the entertainment series.
Christine Denby, chair of the “tour de Fort” promotions committee, said the 2007/08 passports will be sold at 2006/07 season prices—$95 for six shows—but warned the price may go up after Friday.
Denby added something else new is the payment flexibility “tour de Fort” will be offering Friday. Those who buy passports can pay with Visa, debit card, cash, or post-dated cheques—and even can use a payment instalment plan.
“We noticed that groups like the curling club and others were making those kind of options available to people, and it just made sense,” Denby explained.
“Instead of just saying, ‘One cheque, pay now,’ we wanted to make it easier for people to see the arts.”
Denby noted the 2007/08 lineup has been finalized, with music-lovers being able to find out Friday night which acts are booked.
This is the first time the entire concert lineup has been unveiled to passport holders well before the new season starts.
“Usually we try to sell a series based on the strength of the past season but this time around, we wanted to tell people that we have some really good acts coming,” Denby remarked.
“The whole board is excited about the upcoming season and we’d rather not leave everything until the last minute,” she added. “We want to make sure everything happens in advance and not worry before the shows start that we haven’t sold out.”
Looking further into the 2007/08 season, “tour de Fort” will be teaming up with the Fort Frances Museum to bring the Manitoba Theatre Company here sometime next year for a special performance.
“We won’t know what they’re presenting until they announce their series, but it’s pretty exciting,” enthused Denby.
Like the Dini Petty show held back in January, this event will be in addition to the passport concert series. It will be a fundraiser for the museum.
In related news, Fort Frances High School students can get into Friday’s Ian Thomas concert for $10 at the door with their student cards.

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