Several people told me they went again to the Fun-Raising Follies because they knew the show would provide a lot of amusement and besides, there are so many talented people in Prairie du Chien who don't get any other chance to display their talents.  Because of camaraderie, every performer in this year's Follies told directress Cindy Hertrampf that they'd want to perform in next year's Follies too.

Something wasn't announced during this year's performances:  all of the money raised at the Follies, minus expenses, would be donated to the latest historical statue planned for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park (MRSP). About 17% of the cost of the next statue was raised at this year's Follies, but the Sculpture Park board still doesn't have enough money to install the next lifesized bronze statue on St. Feriole Island.

At the Follies, I was a volunteer at a table where people could help pay for the statue of Marianne Labuche, a 19th century healer here.  Ticket holders did buy chances for prize baskets or the 50/50 drawing, but paid no attention to donating specifically to the MRSP.  They could have joined Friends of the Sculpture Park and get interesting rewards, bought a stone message on a paver that would be installed near the next statue, or purchased a DVD of this season's show. 

Anyone who'd like to do one of these three things now should Google "Mississippi River Sculpture Park" and click on the website to see how to donate and bring more history to our city.

--Marilyn Leys

Prairie du Chien