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A Prairie Home Companion Is Cooking Up Plenty Of Excitement As It Kicks Off It's 37th Season

Season-opening show is Saturday, September 25, at the Fitzgerald Theater, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper

Saint Paul, MN (September 15, 2010) There's a whirlwind of activity in the Prairie Home Companion camp these days. Garrison Keillor is set to kick off the program's 37th season: The opening show and street dance will be held on Saturday, September 25 the live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz.

Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. Special guests include The Derailers, a hard-driving, roots-country band from Austin, Texas, and Rob Fisher leading the White Bear Yacht Club Orchestra, featuring vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo. And of course, everyone can catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

Following the broadcast, head outside for the Prairie Home Street Dance. Enjoy the music, food (the famous $5 meatloaf dinner!), and fun (contests, prizes, and more), with Garrison leading the festivities. This event is open to the public and free save a small charge for refreshments.

And with September 24th marking the 114th anniversary of the birth of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Fitzgerald Theater, APHC is giving a special nod to St. Paul's own. A special F. Scott Fitzgerald Birthday Bash Weekend will draw 250 fans from across the country, many who have never before visited the Twin Cities, to enjoy tours and other Fitzgerald-related events, in addition to the APHC season opener and street dance.

A Prairie Home Companion buffs, nearby and nationwide, will want to tune in (or attend in person) this fall. In the coming weeks, there will be four more live APHC broadcasts at the Fitzgerald Theater: October 2, 9, 16 and 30. And on Thursday, October 21, there is a special Cinecast performance of A Prairie Home Companion live on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater and simultaneously broadcast in high definition to movie theaters across the U.S. and Canada. (Details at www.prairiehome.org.) A limited number of tickets to all shows are still available.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by General Mills, Inc. and by Ford. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.