Home for the Holidays

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Northern Sky Theater Home for the Holidays

2016 Show Featuring
Eric L
ewis, Doc Heide,
and Holly Feldman

Tues, Dec. 27 SOLD OUT
Wed, Dec. 28 SOLD OUT
Thurs, Dec. 29 SOLD OUT
Fri, Dec. 30 SOLD OUT
Sat, Dec. 31 SOLD OUT

All Shows at 4:00pm

Old Gibraltar Town Hall, Fish Creek

Celebrating the show’s 10th year, Home for the Holidays 2016 will feature Eric Lewis, Doc Heide, and Holly Feldman, last seen on stage together in 2010. This trio will play for five performances December 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st.

Reunite with these Northern Sky favorites for an uplifting evening of seasonal songs, dazzling instrumental fireworks, and delightful holiday humor!

Running time: One hour, 20 minutes

Home for the Holidays with Eric Lewis and Doc Heide      Home for the Holidays with Eric Lewis, Doc Heide, Holly Feldman

“It all started as a opportunity to extend that holiday feeling beyond Christmas morning,” said Holly Feldman, Director of Public Relations, of the beginnings of Home for the Holidays. “So many people talk about the ‘let down’ that follows shortly after the ‘build up’ to the holiday season. Our Home for the Holidays concert has been very popular with folks who cherish the season of giving and don’t want to see it end on December 25th.”

Early evening performances of Home for the Holidays are scheduled for 4pm on December 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st. Tickets for are $23 for adults and $13 for children. Advance tickets are available by calling (920) 854-6117, online, or by stopping in the Northern Sky office, which is located at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim. All seats are General Admission. Any remaining tickets will be sold at Gibraltar Town Hall beginning 45 minutes before each performance. As a special holiday treat, each show will also feature a drawing for gift certificates from local businesses.

“Heide and Lewis are a cure for the winter blues!” – Door County Advocate
“The concert is distinctive for how it touches familiar chords and yet explores the new and off-the-beaten track. Imagine buying a new pair of shoes that feel just right right away…There, you’ve got it.” – Warren Gerds, Critic at Large


2016 Cast

Northern Sky’s 10 years of Christmas cheer Lewis, Heide, Feldman back together for ‘Home for the Holidays’ shows. Check out this story from Green Bay Press Gazette.
“The 12 days of Christmas – we’re just beginning our celebration!”
Check out this story from Peninsula Pulse.

Northern Sky Theater co-founder Doc Heide has performed professionally for over four decades.  Among the 20 shows he’s co-authored are the hit musicals Belgians in Heaven, Packer Fans from Outer Space, and Guys & Does. A Kerrville New Folk Finalist, Doc has recorded four CD’s including the best-selling Christmas in Door County (with Eric Lewis). His latest CD Better Angels is received airplay worldwide. Critics here and abroad have compared his songwriting to that of Bob Dylan and Warren Zevon. Doc’s 2013 concert sold out the 720-seat Door Community Auditorium. According to the Door County Advocate, “Doc’s songs have a way of shooting an arrow straight into your soul, from his soaring anthems to his sweet ballads.”

Local superstar Eric Lewis is thrilled to be back in Door County with his Northern Sky family. He has been named “Best Male Musician” by Door County Magazine and received the Premier String Player Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Memphis Chapter). Eric has opened for Travis Tritt and Chuck Berry, and performed coast to coast with Jason Petty, Robin and Linda Williams (of Prairie Home Companion) and many others. This fall he released his newest CD, Before the Last Time.

In addition to her behind-the-scene contributions at Northern Sky, vocalist Holly Feldman has performed with Katie Dahl, Doc Heide, Jeffrey Herbst, Jimmy Kaplan, Eric Lewis, Chad Luberger and Karen Mal. Holly is currently Director of Development and Public Relations at Northern Sky Theater.

Performance History

Performers by Year

2016 – Eric Lewis, Doc Heide & Holly Feldman

2015 – Doc Heide, Amy Chaffee & Craig Konowalski

2014 – Molly Rhode & Chase Stoeger, Katie Dahl & Rich Higdon

2013 – The Rhode Sisters

2012 – Doc Heide, Claudia Russell & Chris Irwin

2011 – Katie Dahl, James Valcq & Karen Mal

2010 – Eric Lewis, Doc Heide & Holly Feldman

2009 – Eric Lewis & Doc Heide (guest Holly Feldman)

2008 – Eric Lewis & Chris Irwin

2007 & 2006 – Scott Wakefield & Claudia Russell




‘Home for the Holidays’ sifts, winnows

Warren Gerds – December 28, 2016

FISH CREEK, Wis. (WFRV) – Doc Heide is an inquisitive sort. He got to wondering how far the Three Wise Men of The Christmas Story traveled. Some scholars say Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar – “sounds like a Palestinian law firm,” Heide says – started in Persia. Some say they started in Yemen. To travel to Bethlehem, they would have traveled either 1,700 or 1,300 miles, respectively. Either way, by camel, “it was a really big deal,” Heide says. Their directions weren’t exactly pinpoint: Under a bright star.

This is part of the lead-in to “Follow That Star,” a song Heide wrote for Northern Sky Theater’s 2016 edition of “Home for the Holidays,” a five-performance concert running through Saturday, Dec. 31, in Old Gibraltar Town Hall.

Doc Heide being a creative sort, “Follow That Star” is not a toss-off ditty. Its words explore the perspective of the Three Wise Men. The music involves Heide in lead with colorings all the way through by colleague Holly Feldman, and at the very end added touches by Eric Lewis; to Heide’s guitar lead, Lewis comes in on mandolin to complete a musical illustration of care and reverence.

The stamp of Northern Sky Theater means something, and the first performance of “Home for the Holidays” attracted a sold-out house. The concert is distinctive for how it touches familiar chords and yet explores the new and off-the-beaten track. Imagine buying a new pair of shoes that feel just right right away…There, you’ve got it.

The concert comes with doses of reverence and irreverence.

Reverence: Songs from old spirituals (“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain”) to those of new and/or different perspectives, including Heide’s “Follow That Star” (tale of Wise Men) and “Stranger Keep on Walking” (of stable owner) and Lewis’ offering of “It Wasn’t His Child” (of Joseph).

Irreverence: A tease of clashing family opinions at holiday gatherings set to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and a lampoon of our next U.S. president with “Tweeting in a Donald Trumperland” set to “Winter Wonderland.” Advice in the latter: “When speaking your mind, it’s best to be kind.”

The performers’ personalities come out. Feldman ranges from light-hearted in tunes with her first name somewhere in them to motherly concern in Katie Dahl’s “In the Dark.” Lewis is a musician whiz with a flair for fun, as in the catchy “I Love the Packers,” told from the perspective of a fan from Tennessee, as he. Heide is a font of creativity, as one would expect of a co-founder of Northern Sky Theater who in his real life in teaching/research deals with matters of the mind. Performing is but a playroom in his house.

The show comes with giveaway prizes. Audience members have to answer multiple-choice questions on the same premise: Which one of these was not a Northern Sky Theater show? The answers are so easy that even I could get them.

Performers: Holly Feldman, vocals, percussion; Doc Heide, vocals, guitars; Eric Lewis, vocals, mandolin, guitar

Musical selections

“Mary Did You Know?” – mandolin-guitar instrumental

“Wasn’t That a Pity and a Shame” – Doc Heide, Holly Feldman

“Run, Run Rudolph” – Eric Lewis

Bob Gibson/Joan Baez’ “Virgin Mary Had One Son” – Holly Feldman, Doc Heide

Doc Heide’s “Follow That Star” – Doc Heide, Holly Feldman

Eric Lewis’ “Off to Lambeau”/“Jimmy Ryan’s” – Eric Lewis mandolin instrumental

Songs with “Holly” in lyrics – Holly Feldman

“Home for the Holidays” – Eric Lewis

“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” – Doc Heide, Holly Feldman

Doc Heide’s “The Girl with Winter in Her Eye” – Doc Heide

Skip Ewing’s “It Wasn’t His Child” – Eric Lewis voice-guitar solo

“Winter Wonderland” a spark for parody – All

Katie Dahl’s “In the Dark” – Holly Feldman

Eric Lewis’ “I Love the Packers” – Eric Lewis, then audience

Doc Heide’s “Love Our Enemies” from “Packer Fans from Outer Space” – Doc Heide

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as spark for parody – All

Doc Heide’s “Stranger Keep on Walking” – Doc Heide

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” – All

Encore; “This Little Light of Mine” – All


‘Home for the Holidays’ is living history

Warren Gerds – December 27, 2014

FISH CREEK, Wis. (WFRV) – Music and history and memories and holidays and musicality and marital bonds and a Door County aura are rolled into one in “Home for the Holidays,” a year-ending and era-ending concert running through New Year’s Eve at Old Gibraltar Town Hall.

“We are so proud to be the last show under the moniker of American Folklore Theatre,” performer Molly Rhode told the opening night audience Friday. Throughout the performance, Rhode said (often), “American Folklore Theatre (or AFT), soon to be Northern Sky Theater,” in keeping with the name change that “most sincerely” takes place Thursday, Jan. 1. (One of my article/columns on the change is at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/story/critic-at-large/35030/-9lniqtYoUi9jwL55ysg0w. The “most sincerely is lifted from the Coroner in “The Wizard of Oz.”)

In its simplest form, “Home for the Holidays” is a folk music-driven show. Performing are four people who are well versed in the genre – Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon (who are married – “To each other,” Dahl noted) and Molly Rhode and Chase Stoeger (who are married). Performing this music to them is akin to water pouring off a roof in a healthy rain – very natural and flowing. Along with vocals, the four tap into a bunch of instruments necessary for their excursion – washboard, upright bass (sometimes two at once), spoons, bells (as in jingle bells), guitars, ukuleles (sometimes four at once!), concertina, shaker/rhythm-sound-making thingie, harmonica, kazoos, mouth harp, mandolin and banjo. My only wish is that Dahl wouldn’t stand so close to her microphone because it masks her mouth and makes some of the lyrics of songs (some of which she wrote) less clear.

The first performance started hot from the performers and the crowd; the hall, set up for 99 seats, was full. It was as if the audience was hungry – a turn-on for entertainers.

The 2014 edition of “Home for the Holidays” is easy to savor. Songs and sections segue to tantalizing cross references. A prime example: “I May Not Be a Football Hero” starts as a slightly risqué tune by the guys that evolves into a four-ukulele ditty/homage to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Packers heroes (even Brett Favre) with Dahl singing of Rodgers, “he helps me R-E-L-A-X.”

The show includes references to the late, great Fred Alley, co-founder of American Folklore Theatre and writer and performer with a supreme tenor voice. His songs in the show illustrate his range from sensitivity to all-out, fired-up rhythmic imagination. To me, it is no accident that the show draws to a close with the performance of his gentle “Beneath the Northern Sky” (source of the troupe’s new Northern Sky Theater name) followed by “Auld Lang Syne.”

VENUE: Old Gibraltar Town Hall, built around 1880, is dominated by white on its exterior and interior. The building near the shore of Fish Creek Harbor in Fish Creek was restored as a project of Gibraltar Historical Association. Among its functions, the rectangular hall is a performance space, with a raised stage that includes an optional stage curtain. The space is historical for American Folklore Theatre as the site of its first fall production, “And If Elected” in 1992, and now as the site for its final production under the name of American Folklore Theatre as the organization officially becomes Northern Sky Theater on Jan. 1, 2015. The fiber board ceiling and wood walls are plain save for historical photos on the walls and wainscoting rimming the lower walls. The floor is of narrow wood strips. The space works quite well for folky performances.