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More Live Theater at the Lyric Annex!

Make a date for Valentine's Day (or later in the week)

The Lyric's production of Love Letters will be February 14, 16, 17 and 18.

2/14 Performance at 7pm with Champagne and chocolates. $20

2/16 and 2/17 performance at 7pm. $15
2/18 matinee performance at 2pm.

Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN.

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A romance, a comedy, a drama.  Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them.

Over the years, they are friends, confidants, lovers.  This is a great piece to celebrate relationships for Valentine's Day!
Painting class for beginners 11 and up.

It's time to start painting! 
Instructor, Jane Wertanen will lead a painting class at the Lyric Center for the Arts.

Have you wanted to take the next step from the wine and paint format and learn about technique, color mixing, and little bit of art history?  This is your chance! The subject choice is yours for this class! Jane will help you through it.

The class is in two sessions, Saturdays, January 6 and 20 from 11am to 1pm.  This class is for beginning artists.  Find more information and register at or stop in to the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street downtown Virginia on Thursday or Friday between 11am and 3pm.  

Tuition fee: $35 includes materials; $25 if you bring your own. 
Register early! Limited to 15 students per course. 
Materials list (Available at most arts and craft retailers.):
Basic acrylic paint set, brushes, 1 canvas board each course, small pallet and pallet knife to mix paint. 
Class based on “Discipline Based Art Education” methods and includes information on safe materials use in production, elements & principals of art, art history and techniques.

GoFundMe - Help us Open More Doors on the Lyric!

You can play a part in helping the Lyric Center open our doors to more performances and programs!  

We need to reconstruct doorways in their historic locations in order to renovate more space inside the Lyric.  We have already received $175,000 in grant funding for this project, but we still need support through donations as well.

As of November 1, 2017, we're just $5,101 away from reaching our fundraising goal!!

Donate today
by mail to Lyric Storefront Reconstruction, PO Box 416, Virginia, MN 55792, or go to our site on GoFundMe!
Find out more.
Thanks for grant from the following:
State Historic Preservation Office
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
Business Energy Retrofit Program
St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant program
Virginia Community Foundation
Virginia Economic Development Authority
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Thanks for support from our donors:
Twilla Ahola
Greg & Susan Altobell
Steven Bauer
Roy Berg
Bertolas Family, LLC
Anne and Allan Bier
Robert Bjorum
Deanne and Tom Butorac
Darlene Cayo
Wayne & Bernie
Vicki Cochran
Richard Colburn
Mary Conger
Conveyor Belt Services
Lois Curry
Scott Dennie
Jim & Debbie Devries
Cheryl Doran
Tiffany Eck
Jeanine & Pete Emmons
Mary & Doug Erickson
Peter Esala
R/D Flannigan
Dennis & Debra Frazier
Joe & Diane Friebe
Lois Garbisch
Susan Gillespie
Greg and Jane Gilness
Patricia Grigal
Kim Gross
Bosa Grubich
Dale & Shannon
Jim Hafdahl
Nancy & Dick Harvey
Diane & Eugene Hawley
Justine & Matthew Herberg
Lisa Hesse
Tom Hewett
Kareh Hill
Brian Holzer
Nicole Johnson
Renee Kailanen
Susan Kamnikar
Judith Kauchick
Betty & Gordon Kennedy
Byron & Mary Kesanen
Tom & Lee Kesanen
Ashley Kolka
Doris & Ronald Koski
Joan Krulc
Tony & Jody Krulc
Michelle Larson
Christine Luoma
Christine Lurch
Jayne Mahovlich
Alana Maijala
Jeanne Maki
Gary Malenius
Sandra Markovich
Jane & James
Mary McReynolds
Jeremy Moriarty
Chris Moroni
Kathleen Moschler
Loretta Nemanick
Steve Nold
Angela & Thomas Noll
Darcy Norha
Northern Lights Players
Timothy & Norma Jean
Richard Olson
Dawn Olson
Julie Oreskovich
Butch & Sharon Panula
Dorothy Parish
Bert & Louise Pellinen
Pete Pellinen
Cathryn Peters
Mark Phillips
Selah Reid
Marlise Riffel
Rocket Liquor
Barbara Rodorigo
Leah Rogne
Fred and Gail Rosenmund
Ida Rukavina
Patty Sabie
David & Sherry Saranen
Fred & Nancy Shusterich
Richard and Myrna Schultz
Robert & Kristin
Vern Simula
Don and JoAnn Sipola
Delores Smolich
Karen Spotts
Francine Sterle
Kim Stokes
Marlyn & Willis Swanson
Darrel & Joie Swenson
Tod Swenson
John & Wanda Taray
Ellen Taube
Georgene Teasck
Karen Tini
Tim & Diane Torrel
Scott & Terry Vagle
Virginia Rotary Club
Virginia Study Club
WA Fisher
Anna Mari Wald
Mary Waschke
Kerry Waschke-Collie
Jane and Al Wertanen
Jason Wiederhold
Doreen Wolf
M.J. Yapel
Jean Young
Carol Zakula
Ole Zupetz

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