anniversary_logo_colorBy Matthew Gundrum — 

Menomonie’s historic theater, Mabel Tainter, continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a weekend-long event called Mabel’s Fall Fling.

The event kicks off with Music Night on Friday, September 25 at the Mabel Tainter Theater from 5-10p.m. and will feature music from regional bands, various food vendors from the Chippewa Valley, and beer provided by local breweries. The Raw Deal will also be featuring a signature brew. 

Music Night is only the former half of Mabel’s Fall Fling. The latter, titled Family Day takes place the following day on the September 26. Horse-and-carriage rides, tug-o-war, and gunny sack races are just a few of the activities that will be available.

Family Day will conclude in the evening with a fundraising event called, “Night at the Mabel”. Live music, appetizers, and an auction will be featured.

Fall Fling is just one of the many efforts put forth by the Mabel Tainter’s 125th Anniversary Committee to celebrate the theater’s rich heritage.Balcony photo

“The Mabel Tainter has been a staple of the community since it opened 125 years ago and we wanted to celebrate those 125 years with events and activities that not only entertain but also teach people about the history of Menomonie while celebrating the importance the Mabel Tainter has played in our community all these years,” said committee board member Andrew Mercil.

Mercil encouraged Stout students to participate in the celebration. “It’s a chance to not only learn about Menomonie history, but to celebrate the Mabel Tainter as a community.”

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