Dear Editor:

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Five Minutes of Fame Open Mic will begin its ninth year of bringing local talent together once a month to share their songs, poems and prose.

The performers include mostly amateurs with a few professional entertainers thrown in the mix, their ages ranging from roughly eight to 80. The open mic began in a coffee shop and, for the past year and a half, has occupied the Mount Carroll First Lutheran Church basement.

The event features mostly Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time talent bringing their own special flair for performance art to a room full of eager listeners. And everyone on both sides of the mic seems to have a wonderful time!

During this time, my whole focus on music has changed and, if I may say so, blossomed as a result, and I wholeheartedly thank all those who have had a part in making it happen.

First Ev. Lutheran Church at 301 S. Clay St. in Mount Carroll hosts Five Minutes of Fame on the third Tuesday of the month, and the venue is handicapped accessible. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music running from about 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and delicious hot sandwiches, homemade pie and ice cream are offered for sale. For those of you who haven't already done so, come and see what it's all about!

Alan E. Schroeder

Mount Carroll