Concert Begins: 7pm (CST)
Doors Open: 6pm (CST)
Check back as we unveil the 2019 line up of special guest artists!
The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte welcomed the following event performers at our December 8, 2018 concert:
Cripple Creek had their beginnings with Mitch Marhanka and Lou Voelker playing local open mic nights. They became a trio in 1995 when David Applegarth joined the group. John Langford arrived five years later and they have been together ever since. Steve Eyrick acts as the sound man and occasionally adds vocals, including the Holiday Pops. Cripple Creek enjoys singing country and gospel music and occasionally wanders into old time rock and roll. They all live in the Door Village area of La Porte County. Practices are held on Mitch’s front porch with the audience being a herd of dairy heifers. Each member is active in church music at Door Village UMC where Mitch is the music director. David’s musical background is piano and vocal music and Lou’s is guitar and vocals. Both David and Lou are Alumni of the Purdue Glee Club. Mitch’s musical background includes piano, tuba, bass guitar, and vocal music. John plays the trumpet with time spent in the Purdue and Notre Dame Jazz Bands. Steve participated in the Valparaiso University Chapel Choir, Community Chorus, church choirs and ran sound at Valparaiso University and now for Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek would like to thank the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for the privilege of sharing the celebration of Christ’s birth with our community through music.
Mark & Laura Krentz
Mark and Laura are thrilled to be singing here together again, and thank Conductor Chuck Steck and the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for this wonderful experience. Special thanks also to their loving family, Katie, Kristen and Joanie, Amanda, David and Nolan, Emily and Chris. Mark and Laura extend their very best wishes to everyone for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Donna M. Mitchell
Donna M. Mitchell is the Executive Director of School of American Music in Three Oaks, MI where she teaches Voice and World Music Drumming. She is also Choral Director for Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Harbert, MI. She was a vocal soloist with Michigan City Municipal Band for 26 years and is a past vocal soloist with LPCSO. She has appeared in many venues around Michiana as a performer in musical theater and as a soloist. Ms. Mitchell spent her professional career as a Music Educator at both LaPorte Community School Corporation and New Prairie United School Corporation. She is a French horn player in both the LaPorte City Band and Valparaiso University Community Concert Band. She is also a member of the Harbor Country Singers. She resides in Three Oaks, MI.
And The Singing Company of La Porte County Children’s Chorus
Matthew Nelson, Director
HFL is proud to contract the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.