Freedonia Marxonia, which celebrates the link between the village of Fredonia and the 1933 Marx Brothers’ film, “Duck Soup,” is slated for Oct. 1 and 2 on and off campus.The event is supported by the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.Activities, all free, open to the public, and coordinated by Cynthia Yochym of Reed Library and Executive Director Rick Davis of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, include:
Thursday, Oct. 1
3 p.m., Reed Library - Exhibit opening, Groucho Marx’s birthday cake, annual group photo. Groucho glasses provided.
7 p.m., location TBA - Screening of Marx Brothers’ movie, “Duck Soup.”
Friday, Oct. 2
Noon, Reed Library - “Lunch with The New York Times,” featuring Douglas Canham, 1987 Fredonia alumnus and founder of Freedonia Marxonia. Mr. Canham will discuss the creation of the event.
7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House - Screening of the Marx Brothers’ movie, “A Night at the Opera,” supported in part through a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. It is the 80th anniversary of the first screening of the classic film.
The Reed Library exhibit of Marx Brothers’ materials will run through Oct. 25, Homecoming Weekend
There is also a Freedonia Marxonia Art Contest, open to the campus and community. Please submit entries to Ms. Yochym at Cynthia.Yochym@fredonia.edu in Reed Library by Wednesday, Sept. 23. First prize is $75; second prize, $50; and third prize, $25. All entries will be displayed as part of the Reed Library exhibit.