Wild Rose Moon started in 2015 when Marcia Heintzberger,a dancer, and George Schricker, her old theater/dance partner cooked up an idea: Why not open a place where singers could sing, and dancers could dance, and poets recite, and actors act, and musicians weave their magical threads?
And so they put their backs to it. And things developed. And the dream grew.
We first built our small concert hall and began photo-documenting (Amanda Jo Boener) and recording (Dan Shuppert) all that went on there: performances of dancers, songwriters, and poets. We knew these recordings could help the performers we were supporting develop their careers.
Starting with our welcoming Open Mic Series, led by the talented Tim Pike and John Bahler, we blossomed. Listening to the performers we fashioned our philosophy of establishing a listening room. We also learned lots from some knowledgeable sound engineers from Goshen and South Bend (Nate Butler, Anna p.s., and Kimberly Glick), and a Radio Show Host, Al Kniola, of the popular musical roots program on WVPE, “The Back Porch”.
Soon we scheduled feature performances which we billed and ticketed. We made plans for a radio show. The Open Mic grew and grew. And throughout the land we became known as a fine listening venue.
After a year a board of directors formed, and by May 2016 Wild Rose Moon had become a member-run, not for profit, that promotes the performing arts and brings them to our center in Historic Downtown Plymouth.
Today, Wild Rose Moon is a growing, thriving, and expanding community of members, volunteers, and artists. In addition, we are actively building a new internship program in performing arts production that we hope to institute by the Summer of 2017. Our Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour is on the air on WVPE FM and WTCA AM and FM.
Presently, our feature performance series, artists who are actively touring, has grown. Our Open Mic program just keeps getting better. In addition, we are beginning to institute our showcase performance series, featuring the work of emergent singer-songwriters and performers who have often appeared at Open Mic.
From its inception, Wild Rose Moon has hosted workshops and public meetings in the interest of fostering the growth of a creative community—a community dedicated to bringing entertaining and thought-provoking artists together with gracious audiences in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
If you want to learn more about our history, check out our photo gallery. Better yet, why not arrange a tour of Wild Rose Moon and experience a brief presentation by one of our staff or docents. Pick up the brochure on the history of Wild Rose Moon. Or just click here, to read more about the history of the building and its gradual renovation.
Wild Rose Moon thrives on a generous network of members, helping to sustain us financially. So after your tour, be sure to pick up a membership card and consider investing in the further development of the performing arts in your town, county, and region. Click here to support the Wild Rose Moon.