Annual Gala- Saturday, April 2nd @ 5:30 PM

We’re Moving Up!

The Friend Historical Society asks you to join us as we celebrate the next phase of renovation – The Opera House!

Join Us in the 136-year-old Warren Building for our annual fundraiser!

Opera House Tours at 5:00 PM
Social Hour at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM

* Entertainment, Live and Silent Auctions

We are very excited to have live music by Drew Duncan, a tenor soloist, who has sung with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, various churches, opera groups, and regularly performs across the Midwest. He will feature popular show tunes!

Individual Tickets are $75
Reservations are required by Saturday, March 26th

Tickets can be purchased at the Pour House (402) 947-2293 or Blue Blossom (402) 947-6321
Call or Email for reservations – Chere (402) 525-0141

Comedy Night March 24th @7PM

Stand Up for the Arts! A Night of Comedy to Benefit the Friend Historical Society

Tickets $20 – Limited Seating – Call Ginny for Reservations (512) 574-1414

About the Comedians:

Tony Deyo is a stand-up comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business.” He recently appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s podcast, “A Comic Mind”, was named one of the year’s best by the New York Post, and can be heard every day on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Karen Morgan was born and raised in Athens, Georgia but now calls Maine home. A former trial attorney, she began her professional comedy career as a Finalist on Nickelodeon Television’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Since then, she has performed in comedy clubs and theaters from New York to Hollywood. Karen’s latest CD “Mean Candy” can be heard on SiriusXM Radio, and her comedy special can be seen on Dry Bar Comedy. Her TV appearances include comedy shows and ads for companies like Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s clean shows in Performing Arts Centers around the country have made her a favorite among theater audiences. Still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia, Karen’s humor brings laughter to many corporate events and fundraisers for charitable organizations.

Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Pat is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a Tonight Show veteran, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to nostalgia.
As a playwright, Pat’s first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, was optioned by Columbia Pictures, then gained the attention of the TV industry and was filmed as the sit-com, American Pie, for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, The Wonder Bread Years, a grand salute to the baby- boomer generation, aired on PBS where they referred to Hazell as “America’s foremost pop culture anthropologist.” Currently, the live theatrical tour of The Wonder Bread Years is enjoying success across the US.

Chef Darin Sehnert’s Cooking Class- Friday, March 4th @ 11:00 AM

Flavor Dynamics – A cooking class with Chef Darin Sehnert of Savannah, GA!

Join us in the San Carol Room Friday, March 4th @ 11:00AM for the class, followed by lunch prepared from Chef Darin’s recipes.
Space is limited! Call Ginny (512) 574-1415 to make a reservation. Tickets are $30 for class and lunch.
*** Chef Darin was born in Friend and raised in Dorchester! ***

6th Annual Beer & Bacon

Saturday, August 21st, 2021
6:00PM – 10:00PM
San Carlo Room, Friend, NE

$25 Advance Tickets available at the Pour House
$30 at the Door

Ticket includes foods (all with the taste of bacon), entertainment, and $1 beers.

Music by Big Daddy Caleb & the Chargers
Foods with Bacon & Craft Beers

Fund Raiser by the Friend Historical Society for the Restoration of the Warren Opera House.

Sponsored in part by:

150 Celebration- Event Schedule!

We hope you can join us 4th of July weekend to celebrate Friend’s 150th Anniversary! We have a fun filled weekend of family friendly activities planned!

Saturday, July 3rd (San Carlo Room)
1:00PM Ray Page Recognition Ceremony
2:00PM – 3:00PM Friend Historic Pageant
3:00PM – 4:00PM Presentation/Self-Guided Historic Tour of Friend (Followed by Q & A)
4:00PM – 5:00PM Reminisce with Old Friends (Complimentary refreshments will be served)
– Sue McClain of Yesterday’s Lady will display a “Century of Fashion” from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
– Tours of the Warren Opera House 11:00AM – 12:30PM & 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Sunday, July 4th
2:00PM – 3:00PM Quilts of Valor (Sponsored by the Friend Legion) – San Carlo Room
3:30PM Dedication of Flagpole – Yokel Courtyard
4:00PM – 5:00PM History of Beer Presentation by Rachel Taylor – San Carlo Room
5:00PM – 8:00PM Accordion Jam
– Tours of the Warren Opera House 12:00PM – 1:30PM & 5:00PM – 7:00PM
– $5.00 Dinner Available from 5:00PM – 7:00PM in the San Carlo Room. Includes hot dog, chips, beans, & 150 Birthday Cake, Tea & Water.

Pour House Hours
Saturday, July 3rd: Bar 12:00PM – Closing, Kitchen 5:00PM – Closing
Sunday, July 4th: Lunch 11:30AM – 2:00PM, Bar 2:00PM – 8:00PM

2021 Golf Tournament

Our first annual golf tournament was a huge success! Thank you for everyone who came out to play, donated or volunteered their time! We couldn’t have asked for better weather and hope you all enjoyed yourselves! Proceeds from this event will go towards the Warren Opera House Restoration Project, be sure to keep an eye out for those improvements as they happen!
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