Longmont Symphony Orchestra Guild
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra Guild is a vibrant and enthusiastic group whose sole purpose is to support and promote the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. We strongly encourage both men and women to participate in our efforts. Founded in 1968, this year we celebrate 49 years of support for the LSO by contributing to its financial stability and by providing refreshments for orchestra rehearsals. The Guild is very proud to have donated over $82,000 to the orchestra over the past seven years. To this end, we hold three major fundraisers:
The Nutcracker Cookie Sale, held during intermission of both performances of The Nutcracker Ballet (Dec. 1 & 2, 2018), has become a time-honored tradition. Children of all ages enjoy the wide variety of holiday treats.
The Pops Concert Dessert Social is held in conjunction with the Pops Concert (May 11, 2019). This event features homemade pies, so you know they will be fantastic! There are also other treats such as brownies and carrot cake. It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy dessert with other music lovers prior to the concert.
LSO Guild’s Annual Garden Tour
The 2018 Garden Tour will be held June 8 & 9 from 9 AM to 3 PM
The LSO Guild Garden Tour is a wonderful tradition that showcases Longmont’s gardening talents and features six lovely gardens. This two-day event promises to offer diverse garden designs and layouts and will give you gardening ideas for your own garden.
The 2018 Tour features a varied bouquet of landscapes from an intimate, prairie-inspired hideaway of natural grasses and plants; a fairyland of gardens with gnomes, koi and native wildlife; a quiet old-town sanctuary; a surprising midtown treasure featuring a unique sunken patio with a water cascade, a ‘to-die-for’ outdoor living space, and a treasure of antique cars; and rounding out the tour are two close proximity homes featuring complementary landscapes.
This year’s homes are located at:
- 1302 Carolina Avenue
- 766 Sanctuary Lane
- 2481 Collyer Street
- 1324 15th Avenue
- 2134 and 2138 River Walk Lane
All gardens are in Longmont, and all proceeds benefit the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets can be purchased online or at Duran’s Hobby Acres and Garden Center (15591 N. 107th St.), The Flower Bin (1805 Nelson Rd.), Adornables (661 4th Ave.), Front Range Mercantile (1201 S. Sunset St.), Longmont Florist (614 Coffman St.) and the Longmont Symphony Office (519 Main St. – Rear Suite). If you purchase online, you’ll exchange your ticket for a ticket booklet at the first garden they visit.
Mabel Durning Legacy
In 1977 Mabel Durning was the inspiration for, and general chairperson of, the first annual Longmont Symphony Guild Garden Tour. Ms. Durning’s hope was that it would become a Longmont tradition when she said, “Garden tours have been very successful in other cities, and we are enthusiastic about the possibility of making this something that people will look forward to every year.” Besides the Garden Tour, Ms. Durning’s legacy lives on in the endowment she provided that is used to purchase stage flowers for one or more orchestra performances each season. Her own words said it best: “Flowers and music―a wonderful combination.”
Donations can be made to the Mabel Durning Flower Fund, with a check made out to the Longmont Symphony Guild and sent to: PO Box 74, Longmont, CO 80502.
Longmont Symphony Guild Members
- Mary Beason
- Mary Blue
- Colleen Brolin
- Leslie Dreyer
- Carolyn Driver
- Kate Gordan
- Gail Hill
- Georgia Jallo
- Carol Minelli
- Chris Mooney
- Wanda Mullen
- Gay Nielsen
- Devin O’Branagan
- Shirley Roberts
- Sharma Robertson
- Sue Thayer
- Karen Ward
- Elizabeth Young
The Guild is a dedicated and hard-working group and we welcome new members. If you would like more information or would like to join our group, please contact: Karen Ward, Membership Chair at 303-776-9275.