This fall the Oconomowoc Arts Center celebrates its ninth season of providing quality professional programming for the Lake Country area. The Neudecker Main Stage Series kicks off the new season with "Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

The ultimate tribute band for the famed rock group Chicago will take the stage to deliver its classic show, covering material from the entire Chicago catalog including, "Just You & Me," "Hard Habit To Break," "If You Leave Me Now," "Beginnings" and much more.

"Beginnings" is made up of eight talented musicians and veterans of the New York music scene who together comprise a melodic adventure of musicality that encompasses multi-instrumentalists and lead vocalists. Their performances bring to life the iconic music of Chicago, with songs spanning more than 40 years, including five No. 1 albums and 20 top ten hits.

For more information, visit www.beginningstributeband.com.

A new season

The OAC's 2016-17 Season includes six Main Stage productions highlighted by a diverse array of critically acclaimed regional and national favorites.

The OAC's Family Series will also offer outstanding musical theater productions that appeal to audiences of all ages with the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in October and the Florentine Opera's "The Billy Goats Gruff" featuring students from Greenland Elementary in January.

The popular Cabaret Cafe Series returns with three different groups of talented musicians paired with delectable dinner selections in the intimate Little Theater. ComedySportz, as well as inspiring Visual Arts programming with nine exhibits, featuring artists from all over the region, will round out the upcoming season.

"We are absolutely thrilled about our 2016-17 Season. From classic rock, doo-wop and vintage jazz to high energy fiddlin' and dance, chorale music and a special tribute to the military and those who have served our country - this season will connect with audiences of all ages. We are proud to be a part of Oconomowoc and the community's support has made this all possible," said OAC Director Michael Duncan.


Reserved seating tickets for "Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago" are $36 for adults, $32 for seniors ages 60 and over and college students and $18 for high school students and younger and military personnel.

The OAC Box Office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes prior to events. The Oconomowoc Arts Center is located at 641 East Forest St. and is part of the Oconomowoc Area School District.

For more information and tickets, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.

Worth an extra look

If you're looking for a cause to support, Tall Pines Conservancy and the Kettle Moraine Garden Club both holding events this month.

Tall Pines Conservancy's Fall Harvest to celebrate farmland preservation

Tall Pines Conservancy's Fall Harvest fundraiser for land conservation will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Kieckhefer Farm, W307 N5276 Anderson Road, in the town of Merton.

The Fall Harvest will feature an Oktoberfest theme, which will be reflected in the lively music, ambiance and locally-grown food offerings created by Chef Earl Gesling. Farm tours will also be offered as well as a silent auction featuring many local and unique items.

Members and the general public are invited to attend the event for $100 per person. Advanced registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 20.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Tall Pines at 262-369-0500 or visit www.tallpinesconservancy.org.

Flower show goes Hog Wild

Plant and Flower enthusiasts won't want to miss this Garden Club of America major flower show. The show is hosted by Green Tree Garden Club, Kettle Moraine Garden Club, Lake Geneva Garden Club and Town and Country Garden Club. This year the location of the show has sparked so much creativity as GCA entrants put a spin on "Hog Wild in Wisconsin."

The show will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum@Garage at 500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 . The show is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.artenfleurs.com.

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