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May 25, 2014

Festival brings the arts to downtown Peru

Cole Porter Festival set for June 5-8 in Miami County

PERU — The Miami County Historical Society will present the annual Cole Porter Festival from Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8. The annual festival fosters art and music appreciation by celebrating the life and music of famed composer Cole Porter.

The festival officially kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the premiere of “Kountry Fried Cole,” an original production from Ole Olsen Memorial Theater at the Peru Depot. The night will start with a dinner and then followed by the show. This will be the 10th original revue produced by the theater troupe. Tickets for this event will be $32.

The Peru Community Schools Art Gallery featuring G. David Thompson Collection at Peru High School will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6. Ole Olsen Memorial Theater will reprise its production of “Kountry Fried Cole” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Peru Depot. Tickets will be $12.

On Saturday, local and regional musicians will entertain inside the Miami County Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Musicians include Michael Booth, Jacob Minns, Zak Tschiniak, Tom Kraft, and Dave Lowe. Bus tours to Cole Porter historic sites will depart the museum at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Charles Troy will offer three presentations on the life of Cole Porter at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. A street concert on Fifth Street will begin at noon. The street concert musicians will include the 7Logic, Patrick Redman, Sparrow 5, Aaron Stacks, Amber Lynn, Barry Meeks, and Mark and Troy. The “Swell Party” beer and wine tent will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Ole Olsen will have another performance of “Kountry Fried Cole” at 2:30 p.m. The Peru Community Schools Art Gallery Featuring G. David Thompson Collection at Peru High School will be open from noon to 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., Joan Curto, a cabaret singer, will take the stage at the Peru High School Auditorium. Tickets for this event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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