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Special Offer: Cather Country Retreat

Special Offer: Cather Country Retreat

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Willa Cather Foundation is offering an exceptional package for Red Cloud Weekend Retreat! This offer includes: two tickets to the Red Cloud Opera House for a Saturday evening cabaret show with Mary Carrick; Saturday night lodging at the historic Cather Second Home; and two guided tours of the Cather historic sites. The community of Red Cloud was a setting in some of Willa Cather's most beloved novels, such as My Ántonia, O Pioneers!, and The Song of the Lark. Join us on Saturday, November 8th and visit one of the most famous villages in American literature. To purchase this $150 package, please call the Willa Cather Foundation at (402) 746-2653.

Two tickets to Mary Carrick's cabaret performance
at the historic Red Cloud Opera House
"Some People: Songs from Broadway and Beyond"
Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 7:00 pm


Mary is a multi-faceted and versatile performer who is equally at home with cabaret, musical theater, opera, jazz, art song, contemporary styles, and as a stage actor. Mary maintains an active performance schedule with arts organizations, cabaret venues and theaters across the Midwest, as well as for special events. A familiar face in Omaha, she has performed on stage at the Holland Performing Arts Center, Orpheum Theatre, and with the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, and the Rose Theatre, one of the largest professional children's theaters in the country, among many other theaters. Mary will be releasing her album, Let it Fly, this year. During her performance at the Red Cloud Opera House, Mary will thrill the audience with Broadway classics as well as some lesser known gems! 

Two seven-building Cather Historic Site tours
Winter Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Tour Times: 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the world of famed novelist Willa Cather with a guided tour of seven historic sites directly to her life and writing. The tour includes Cather's childhood home, a National Historic Landmark; the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, erected by Silas Garber, prototype for Captain Forrester in A Lost Lady; the Burlington Depot, which appears throughout Cather's work; the St. Juliana Catholic Church, of the novel My Ántonia; the Grace Episcopal Church, which Cather and her parents joined in 1922 and houses a pair of stained-glass windows donated by Cather in memory of her parents; the Harling House, a setting in the novel My Ántonia; and the restored 1885 Red Cloud Opera House, where Cather attended productions in her youth.

One Night Stay at the Cather Second Home
541 North Seward Street, Red Cloud, Nebraska

Willa Cather's parents purchased this home in 1903 and left their little rented home at Third and Cedar where Cather had spent her formative years. Cather described this house as the Ferguesson family home in one of her final short stories, "The Best Years," first published in The Old Beauty and Others. The Cather Second Home provided Cather with a nurturing, encouraging atmosphere in which to work. Today, the house is a retreat for guests as it was for Willa Cather. There are six cozy guest rooms and 2.5 baths.

To arrange your stay, contact Ana Armstrong at aarmstrong@willacather.org or 402-746-2653. Offer expires November 1st, 2014. Total Value: $150