Monday, November 21, 2016
Singin' in the Rain - Free!
Friday, November 25
at 7 PM
The best things in life are (sometimes) free!
Singin' in the Rain was declared number 20 among the best films ever made in Sight and Sound's most recent poll. On the day after Thanksgiving join us to see why. Made in 1952 Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor sing, dance and charm us with this classic story set behind the scenes in the world of movie making.
It is free, but we will certainly accept donations to help us in our mission to bring great entertainment to downtown Vicksburg.
Don't get shut out: wolf down a turkey sandwich and come early to get a good seat.
The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Posted by Daniel at 9:49 AM
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Advance tickets are $5 at the Coffeehouse, and $7 at the door.
Martin's at Midtown will be open after the show so the party can continue.
And, we have coconuts.
Posted by Daniel at 7:05 AM
Somehow word got out that we were showing Harry & Snowman last Saturday, November 5, We were delighted that "horse people" were so eager to see it, they were williing to travel. Road trips to see this story about a man and his incredible jumping horse originated in West Monroe and New Orleans, La; Gulfport, Pelahatchie, West, Jackson, and more from Mississippi. These travelers of all ages not only enjoyed the movie, but they also went out to eat at local restaurants, and some stayed the night in b&bs and hotels. It makes me feel like the Strand is working...Thanks to all.
Posted by Daniel at 7:00 AM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
In Holland, during World War II, Harry de Leyer spent his youth helping his father, who worked for the resistance, hide and deliver Jews out of Nazi-occupied Holland.
After the war ended, Harry was sponsored by an American family whose son was killed during the war, and who was buried on the deLeyer farm. This enabled him to bring his wife to America in 1950. He became a riding instructor at an expensive girls' boarding school. He had a one-year contract, but the school kept him on for 22 years.
In 1956 he planned to attend a horse auction, hoping to find an inexpensive horse for his growing family, one he might be able to use at the school. A flat tire kept him from reaching the auction on time; when he got there, the only horses that were left were on a truck headed for the glue factory. But he saw something in one of the horses, a mottled Amish plow horse, that appealed to him. He bought the horse for $80 and named him Snowman.
Before Harry bought the horse, he has arranged to sell his next horse to a doctor who lived 6 miles away. Apparently the horse, now called Snowman, did not agree to the sale. Shortly after he was taken to the doctor's farm, he showed up at Harry's home. when the doctor came to reclaim his horse, he told Harry that Snowman had jumped a fence to return. Harry told him to build higher fences.
Higher fences didn't help. Wherever the doctor put the horse, however high the fence, Snowman would jump out of his paddock and return to Harry. Eventually, the two men recognized that the horse had made up his mind - he belonged to Harry.
Harry also realized that the horse was a talented jumper. Within two years, Snowman, the ten-year-old plow horse, had won the show jumping triple crown, becoming the American Horse Show Association's Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman's Association champion and the champion of Madison Square Garden's Diamond Jubilee.
Neither Harry nor Snowman fit the world they entered and conquered, but together they dominated the sport for several years.
Snowman would retire from show jumping in 1962, but not before becoming a national celebrity. He appeared on television shows, had a fan club and a line of toys designed to look like him.
He would spend the rest of his life as a beloved friend to deLeyer and his family. Family films show the eight deLeyer children using Harry's back as a diving platform as the happy horse swam with his family.
Although Snowman would die in 1974, Harry would continue as a trainer and show jumper for years. He would acquire the nickname "The Galloping Grandfather."
The award-winning documentary Harry & Snowman tells the improbable story of this unlikely pair.
Harry & Snowman
Saturday, November 5 at the Strand at 7 PM
$5 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door
601 529 7252
The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Posted by Daniel at 8:14 AM