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Ongoing Community Events

“RAVE ON II” ART EXHIBIT:
Time
: Gallery hours - Tuesday through Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm (Friday open until 8:00pm)
Location: Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street
Admission: Free
Event Description
: The Rave On II Exhibit will include various art works by regional artists. All of the images depict scenes from the baby boomer era. Also included in the exhibit are large photos of the personal effects found at the crash site including Buddy Holly’s glasses and a brief history of these photos. The photos were taken by then Des Moines Register photographer Bob Mohderson.

CRAIG KIENAST PHOTO DISPLAY:
Time
: Gallery hours - Tuesday through Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm (Friday open until 8:00pm)
Location: Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street
Admission: Free
Event Description
: On display in the north east gallery will be panoramic photos of the interior and exterior of the Surf Ballroom.

CLEAR LAKE ARTS CENTER FILM FESTIVAL:
Time
: Wednesday, Jan. 28 - Saturday, Jan. 31
Location: Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street
Admission: Free
Event Description
: From Wednesday through Saturday, the Arts Center will be showing films including “The Real Buddy Holly Story” produced by Paul McCartney, “The Buddy Holly Story” with Gary Busey, “La Bamba” with Lou Diamond Phillips, “American Graffiti” with Ron Howard and several other films released in 1959 including “The Music Man” and “South Pacific”. A schedule of these films will be posted at the Arts Center.


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WEDNESDAY, January 28th, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
8:00am-4:00pm; 6:30 p.m.-close

SOUVENIR PERSONALIZED PORTRAITS:
Time
: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location
: Surf Ballroom
Event Description
: Images Photography of Clear Lake will be on site at the Surf Ballroom to offer personalized panorama fine art portraits.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Topic: Rockin' The Schools
Time
: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Event Description
: As part of 50 Winters Later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning Education department will teach a class on the lives and musical legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the significance of their influence on rock and roll history. Rock Hall educators will teach this interactive, multimedia class to multiple grade levels at the Clear Lake School over three days. After the event, the program will continue to be offered throughout the year as part of the Rock Hall’s distance education program, On the Road.

WELCOME RECEPTION:
Time
: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street
Admission: Free
Event Description: The Clear Lake Arts Center is welcoming fans from countries outside the USA. Join us for refreshments and fun. ("native" fans also welcome) Call the Arts Center for times ­ (641) 357-1998.

WINTER SCHOOL DANCE PARTY:
Time
: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Entertainment: “Buddy’s Buddies” presented by the Winter Dance Party Scholarship & Awards Program
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: $5.00 each (available day of show)

LANDMARK DEDICATION:
Time
: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location
: Surf Ballroom
Event Description
: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will dedicate the Surf Ballroom as a historic rock and roll landmark as part of the Museum’s ongoing Landmark Series which identifies locations in America that are significant to the origins and development of rock and roll. Along with the Surf Ballroom, other sites that have been designated as historic rock and roll landmarks by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; Brooklyn High School in Brooklyn, Ohio, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line; and Clarksdale, Mississippi, the cradle of blues.
Tickets: Invitation Only Media Event with plaque on permanent display in Surf Ballroom & Museum Lobby following event.

EVENING CONCERT:
Doors Open
: 6:30pm
Time: 7:00pm - midnight
Arists Scheduled to Appear:
Jason D. Williams
The Original Founding Members of the Whitesidewalls
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: SOLD OUT


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THURSDAY, January 29th, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm; 6:30pm - close
All day Surf Admission
: (10:00am - 4:00pm): $5.00 for general public,
free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Topic:
Rockin' The Schools
Time
: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Event Description
: As part of 50 Winters Later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning Education department will teach a class on the lives and musical legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the significance of their influence on rock and roll history. Rock Hall educators will teach this interactive, multimedia class to multiple grade levels at the Clear Lake School over three days. After the event, the program will continue to be offered throughout the year as part of the Rock Hall’s distance education program, On the Road.

US POSTAL SERVICE - CLEAR LAKE SURF BALLROOM STATION:
Time
: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description: A special commemorative cancellation stamp has been created by the Surf Ballroom and USPS to postmark outgoing mail from this station on site at the Surf Ballroom. Purchase event postcards and mailing supplies too

DANCE LESSONS:
Time
: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description
: Dance instructors Amy McNace, Margaret Majerczyk and Joy Macneish will teach participants 50’s Boogie Line Dancing, British Stroll, Surf Strut and others!
Tickets: Free admission for Winter Dance Party-50 Winters Ticketholders; General public admission: $5.00

SOUVENIR PERSONALIZED PORTRAITS:
Time
: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location
: Surf Ballroom
Event Description
: Images Photography of Clear Lake will be on site at the Surf Ballroom to offer personalized panorama fine art portraits.

CONCERT:
Time
: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Entertainment: Alan Clark & The Classics featuring Ritchie Lee
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge
Tickets: Free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General public admission: $5:00


MEMORIAL SITE TOURS:
Time
: 1:00pm
Location: Motorcoach departs from the Surf Ballroom Lobby
Event Description: Escorted/narrated tour via motorcoach to the farm field north of Clear Lake, IA where the airplane came to rest. Tour length: 75-90 minutes.
Tickets: $7.00 per person, open to general public (limited seating, first come - first served!)

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panel Topic: Interview with Maria Elena Holly. Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's widow, will speak about her relationship with Buddy - how they met, married and their life together.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 - 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free admission, open to general public

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Panel Topic: Interview with Valens Family. Members of the Valens family will speak about their family life, including Ritchie, his childhood, music, rise to fame and Ritchie as a pioneer of Chicano music.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 - 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission, open to general public

CONCERT:
Doors Open
: 6:30pm
Time
: 7:00pm - midnight
Artists Scheduled to Appear:
The Comets
Johnny Tillotson
The Tymes
Dodie Stevens
Tommy Allsup & Johnny Rogers (and special guests TBA)
Hosted by Diamonds 'Original Lead Singer' David Somerville
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: SOLD OUT


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FRIDAY, January 30th, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm; 6:30pm - close
All day Surf Admission
: (10:00am - 4:00pm): $5.00 for general public,
free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Topic:
Rockin' The Schools
Time
: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Event Description
: As part of 50 Winters Later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning Education department will teach a class on the lives and musical legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the significance of their influence on rock and roll history. Rock Hall educators will teach this interactive, multimedia class to multiple grade levels at the Clear Lake School over three days. After the event, the program will continue to be offered throughout the year as part of the Rock Hall’s distance education program, On the Road.

MULTIMEDIA STAGE SHOW:
Topic:
BLUE MOO: Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never
Time
: 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: Free admission for students and Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General public admission: $5.00

SOUVENIR PERSONALIZED PORTRAITS:
Time
: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location
: Surf Ballroom
Event Description
: Images Photography of Clear Lake will be on site at the Surf Ballroom to offer personalized panorama fine art portraits.

BRITISH BUDDY HOLLY LUNCHEON:
Time
: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Entertainment: TBA
Location: Best Western Holiday Lodge
Tickets: SOLD OUT

CONCERT:
Time
: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Entertainment: Alan Clark - A Tribute to Eddie Cochran
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge
Tickets: Free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General public admission: $5:00

US POSTAL SERVICE - CLEAR LAKE SURF BALLROOM STATION:
Time
: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description: A special commemorative cancellation stamp has been created by the Surf Ballroom and USPS to postmark outgoing mail from this station on site at the Surf Ballroom. Purchase event postcards and mailing supplies too!

MEMORIAL SITE TOURS:
Time
: 1:00pm
Location: Departing from the Surf Ballroom Lobby, $7.00 per person
Event Description: Escorted/narrated tour via motorcoach to the farm field north of Clear Lake, IA where the airplane came to rest. Tour length: 75-90 minutes.

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Panel Topic: J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, with J.P. Richardson, "THE BIG BOPPER JR"
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

WEDDING/VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY:
Time
: 1:15pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description: Rock & Roll Fans may get married or renew their vows at the Surf Ballroom. Local Justice of the Peace & Chief of Police, Greg Petersen, will officiate, with cake and champagne served afterwards.

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panel Topic: “Hall of Fame” Special Artist Series with Wanda Jackson
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601  3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panel Topic: “Hall of Fame” Special Artist Series with Bobby Vee and The Crickets
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601  3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

CONCERT:
Doors Open
: 6:30pm
Time
: 7:00pm - midnight
Artists Scheduled to Appear:
Time
: 7:30 - 8:30 -Redline Rockets
Time
: 9:00 - midnight - The Winter Dance Party featuring Costume and Dance Contest, John Mueller, Ray Anthony, J.P. Richardson, Jr. and the MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY Featuring The Killer Vees w/ special appearance by Jimmy Clanton and Shirley Alston Reeves
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: SOLD OUT


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SATURDAY, January 31st, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
10:00am - 4:00pm; 6:30pm - close
All day Surf Admission
: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission
: Free - Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General Public Admission $5:00

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panel Topic: Interviews with 1959 Concert attendees. Hear the stories from those in attendance at the final concert performance of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson at the Surf Ballroom.
Moderator: Moderated by 1959 concert emcee, Bob Hale.
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: Free Admission


US POSTAL SERVICE - CLEAR LAKE SURF BALLROOM STATION:
Time
: 12:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom


SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Panel Topic: “Clovis Days” From 1956 - 58, Holly & the Crickets recorded some of their best music in Norman Petty's studio. Along with the Fireballs, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox and others, they created the "Clovis Sound."
Panelists: Fireballs Jimmy Gilmer, Stan Lark and George Tomsco, David Bigham of the Roses, and Kenneth Broad of Norman Petty Studios.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

MEMORIAL SITE TOURS:
Time
: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Location: Departing from the Surf Ballroom Lobby, $7.00 per person
Event Description: Escorted/narrated tour via motorcoach to the farm field north of Clear Lake, IA where the airplane came to rest. Tour length: 75-90 minutes.

CONCERT:
Time
: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Entertainment: Alan Clark & The Classics featuring Sherry Holley and Redline Rockets
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge
Tickets: Free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General public admission: $5:00

US POSTAL SERVICE - CLEAR LAKE SURF BALLROOM STATION:
Time
: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description: A special commemorative cancellation stamp has been created by the Surf Ballroom and USPS to postmark outgoing mail from this station on site at the Surf Ballroom. Purchase event postcards and mailing supplies too!

FANFARE:
Time
: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: Free - Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General Public Admission $5:00

RECORD AND MEMORABILIA SHOW:
Time
: 10:00pm -4:00pm
Location: Clear Lake Middle School Gymnasium, 1601 3rd Avenue North
Tickets: Free admission

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 4:00pm - 5:30pm 
Panel Topic: "The Last Tour" This panel will focus on the Winter Dance Party, the good memories, the horrible conditions, culminating in stories about the last show.
Panelists: Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and Bob Hale.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

CONCERT:
Doors Open:
6:30pm
Artists Scheduled to Appear:
Bobby Vee
The Crickets
Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens

Johnny Preston
Chris Montez
Wanda Jackson
Brian Hyland
Peter & Gordon
The Fireballs
and Special Guests - TBA
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: SOLD OUT

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SUNDAY, February 1st, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
CLOSED

KEYNOTE SPEECH:
Time
: 9:00am
Topic: “50 Winters Later: The Legacy” Speaker - John Goldrosen, author of Remembering Buddy - The Definitive Biography. Discussion moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission


SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 10:00am - 11:30am 
Panel Topic: "Chicano Rock" Examining Chicano rock, its history and the important Influence of Ritchie Valens and the development of the sounds and influence of artists who came after him.
Panelists: Chris Montez, hosted by Ruben Molina
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

RECORD AND MEMORABILIA SHOW:
Time: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Clear Lake Middle School Gymnasium, 1601 3rd Avenue North
Tickets: Free admission

SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 
Panel Topic: "Songwriters Panel" Artist guitar-pull, exploring their songwriting and the influence of Valens, Holly and Bopper on their work.
Panelists: Joe Ely, Pat DiNizio, Kevin Montgomery, and Sonny Curtis.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission


BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY:
Time
: 1:00pm 
Location: NIACC Auditorium, 500 College Drive, Mason City
Event Description: Live theatrical performance by talented group of theatre artists from the Spencer Community Theatre, Spencer Iowa. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” follows the tragically short life of Buddy Holly from his first recording contract, his marriage to a young Puerto Rican girl named Maria Elena, through to his move to New York and concluding with the fatal tour of the Midwest.  This show is not to be missed as Buddy sings his way through two hours of some of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. Performance scheduled to take place at No reserved seating available for this show.
Tickets: $22 Advance


SYMPOSIUM:
Time
: 2:45pm - 4:00pm 
This panel will be focused on the influence that these artists and his tragic event had in the UK, and the overall Impact on popular music.
Panelists: Peter Asher, Graham Nash, Sir Tim Rice and Gordon Waller.
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission



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MONDAY, February 2nd, 2009*

SURF BALLROOM/GIFT SHOP:
Hours:
6:00pm - close

EXHIBIT/DISPLAY: “SPECIAL TRIBUTE COLLECTION”:
Time: 6:00pm - close 
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge Stage
Event Description: Tom Fontaine's Rock and Roll Investments will present a special tribute collection exhibit featuring personal items, contracts, lyrics, autographs, etc. belonging to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper Richardson.” Bonus items from The Beatles (celebrating the  45th Anniversary of first arrival in the US), Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison etc. will also be on display during this time. Event open to ticketed 50 Winters Later concert-goers only.

CONCERT: 50 Winters Later Commemorative Concert
Artists Scheduled to Appear:
Tommy Allsup
Big Bopper JR
The Crickets
Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens
Joe Ely
Wanda Jackson
Los Lobos
Los Lonely Boys
Delbert McClinton
Chris Montez
Cousin Brucie Morrow
Graham Nash
Peter & Gordon

Sir Tim Rice
Bobby Vee
and special guests TBA

House Band:
Kenny Aronoff
Chuck Leavell
Bobby Keys
Hutch Hutchinson
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Concert: 7:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: $85

*NOTE: All schedules and artist lineups are subject to change. Tickets for the Monday, Feb. 2 show are sold separately. Ticket price, entertainment schedule and ticket sale date will be announced on or around December 1st.


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