MOUNT VERNON — Born in Austria in 1905, Maria von Trapp studied to become a nun before her marriage to Baron Georg von Trapp in 1927. The family, which grew to include 10 children, began performing as the Trapp Family Choir in the mid-1930s, and then the Trapp Family Singers after moving to the United States later in the decade. In 1949, the Baroness wrote the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” which became the inspiration for the 1959 musical “The Sound of Music” and the 1965 film of the same name. She spent most of her later life in Vermont, and died in the village of Morrisville in 1987. On Thursday, Elixir Presents in association with Ariel Foundation bring an evening with Maria von Trapp, in a living history portrayal by Amy K. Stoner. The program is a Chautauqua style presentation with question and answer period immediately at the end of Stoner’s portrayal. Opening the show will be Lowell Borcher.

The Chautauqua Series is presented on a donation basis for enrichment of the community and all donations go directly to the featured and opening performers. The program will be held at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 101 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon, in this first floor facility that is accessible to those with special needs. Doors open at 6 p.m. and program starts at 7 p.m.

Coming on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Memorial Theater is the annual Chautauqua style Food for the Hungry concert, this year featuring the music of The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris. Donation of food and/or money will benefit the Food for the Hungry campaign.

Find out more about this program and others in the series by calling 740-392-6102 or by visiting or To receive a gentle reminder on the Sunday before each program, contact Mike Petee at


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