WORTHINGTON ELECTED TO AUDITORIUM BOARD
The Lexington Auditorium Association is pleased to announce the election of Tami Worthington to its Board of Directors. “I am delighted to serve on The LEX board,” said Tami. “I believe the auditorium is a fantastic venue for community and private events, and I look forward to promoting and maintaining the integrity of The LEX.”
No stranger to Lexington, Tami Worthington has been visiting her in-laws, Ken and Susan Worthington, here for over twenty years, and moved to Lexington with her husband Brad, their youngest son Alex, and her mother Bonnie Feeney, in August 2016. Tami is the proud mother of six children, ages 13 to 34. The five adult children reside in Colorado, with four grandchildren, and Alex is in 7th grade here at LMS.
Tami has held a variety of professional positions including pharmacy technician, insurance administrator, and optometrist office manager. Tami also owned and managed her own successful scrapbooking consultant business for over 20 years. Coordinating scrapbooking events and retreats was a most challenging and rewarding task, as preserving family memories is her passion.
Her civic involvement includes serving on the Highland (Littleton, Colorado) Elementary School’s PTO for two years as president and several more years as chairperson of various committees. Since moving to Lexington, her home was a host for Porches and Peaches 2017, and was a host home on the Old Homes Tour 2017. She is chairperson of the mural restoration project which she began in May 2017 and volunteers several times per month at the Lexington Food Pantry.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tami to the board,” said Abigail Tempel, president of the Lexington Auditorium Association. “She brings fresh perspectives and ideas, and is committed to genuinely caring about Lexington’s future.”
BRAZILIAN DANCE AND MUSIC ENTERTAIN LOCAL STUDENTS
Lexington High School and Middle School students recently welcomed Felipe Pinto and fellow instructors from the Brazil Academy in Lenexa, Kan. for a lively program celebrating Brazilian dance, drumming, and music to tell the story of astonishing festivity, racial diversity, and multicultural power. The program, called BrasilCultura: The Power of Celebration, demonstrated Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins, and other techniques. Arrangements for the program were made by the Lexington Auditorium Association with Kansas City Young Audiences.
Dr. Jason Whitt, high school principal, expressed his appreciation to the Auditorium Association for making the assembly possible. “Students in the Midwest have very little exposure to other cultures, especially now that Wentworth has closed. This program does a lot to enrich our curriculum.” Vicky Alvarez, middle school principal, echoed Dr. Whitt’s remarks. “I was very excited about bringing this program to our students,” said Alvarez who invited her Brazilian born husband to attend the program.
Not only did BrasilCultura entertain the students, it complemented the Missouri Show-Me Standards required by schools, including cultivation of artistic expression, stimulation of new ideas and fostering creative thinking. Funding for the program was made possible by the Performing Arts Fund, a restricted account that was transferred to the Auditorium from LIVE! in Lexington Concert Series when that organization was discontinued.
Luis Felipe Ninja Pinto, founder of the Brazil Academy, was born in Brazil and moved to U.S. in 2000, attended Olathe Northeast Senior High in Kansas, and received a BS from St. Mary University. He is married and the father of three children. “It is my belief,” said Pinto,” that teaching Capoeira can affect one’s mind and body in a positive manner through physical activities, sports, dance, and music. These physical activities change moods, and improve self-esteem and self-concept.”
Nekie Kramer and Barbara Fay coordinated the program for the Auditorium. “It is the hope of the Auditorium Association’s Board that these outreach programs will develop an appreciation for our organization and what it can offer the community,” said Fay.
Irish Eyes Were Smiling at The LEX for a St. Patrick’s Celebration
Over 700 people attended three separate events at The LEX over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Lexington. The all-volunteer board decorated The LEX with sparkly shamrocks, strings of green lights, strobe lighting, and a photo booth. Plus, the newly acquired chairs, made possible by several generous donors, provided comfortable seating for everyone.
The 2nd annual Shamrock Shake Family Fun night on Friday brought out lots of frisky leprechauns decked out in Irish garb for crafts, dancing, eating, prizes, and just plain fun with lively DJ music all evening. The Auditorium board members produced the event.
Fans raved about the St. Pat’s Bash on Saturday that was a full marathon of live entertainers assembled by Flip City Entertainment, owned and operated by Lexington’s hard-hitting drummer, Brian Eads. Randy Rudd, lead singer for Sons of the Pioneers, started off the night accompanied by the popular duo, Beam and Eads. Next up was ZZ-KC, the national touring tribute to ZZ-Top, with a fun rendition of Tube Snake Boogie, followed by the highly charged, high volume Rampage. “Bringing bands back to The LEX has been a dream come true for me,” said Brian. “People remember coming here to see the likes of Conway Twitty, and the Krazy Kats. Hopefully these bands today will add to those memories.” And according to fans, they did. “Amazing night, amazing memories!” said Christine Backs. “They were GREAT! Super fun time at The LEX,” said Donna Biesemeyer. Charolette Stier also commented. “It was a great night at The LEX.”
Many thanks go to Auditorium board member, Joyce Emerson, assisted by Tracy Goodloe and Ed Berry who managed to clean up everything and set up for the Montessori Schoolhouse Talent Show on Sunday afternoon. Families from surrounding towns gathered to enjoy performances by talented students who attend the school in Higginsville.
“We are very pleased that people are using and enjoying The LEX,” said Abigail Tempel, president. The Lexington Auditorium Association is a not-for-profit corporation managed entirely by volunteers, and dedicated to providing a facility for public use in support of economic growth of Lexington, Missouri. The Association relies on tax deductible donations and ticket sales to maintain the facility.