Historic landmark. Intimate theater. Performing arts center. Community treasure.
Construction began in 1889 for the Mabel Tainter Memorial and it was dedicated a year later. The historic sandstone structure has held a prominent place on Main Street for almost 120 years. Built as a community center and Unitarian church, the center now bustles with visual and performing arts events year round.
The Menomonie Theater Guild has played a feature role in the cultural community since 1958. For more than 50 years area actors, musicians and volunteers have worked together to create that special spark known as community theater. A loyal audience base continues to attend and support their performances each season.
Live performances. Quality local talent and professional entertainment can be found in area venues. UW-Stout, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and the Menomonie Theater Guild, as well as numerous coffee houses, restaurants and pubs, offer live music and entertainment on a regular basis and at special events.
The Ludington Guard Band is a community concert band that was officially organized in 1888 but has roots going back to1877. In 2012 the prestigious Smithsonian Magazine named Menomonie one of the top 20 U.S. cities under 25,000 population and one of the reasons listed for Menomonie receiving this award was the Ludington Guard Band. 2013 marked the 125th anniversary of this band, making it the oldest continually performing concert band in the State of Wisconsin and one of the oldest in the nation. And thru it all, the band has played on, the “Sentimental Journey” has continued, just as it always has since 1888.
The Ludington Guard Band plays Tuesday evenings starting at 8 p.m. June 7th, 2016 through August 9th, 2016 at the Wilson Park Band Shell.
Arts Coming Together is an organization of folks in the Menomonie, Wisconsin area who do and support the arts of all kind, promoting learning and sharing.