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Miller Minutes with Butler Eagle reporter, Molly Miller

Events around theater and music are ruling the roost of this Miller Minutes column, which means it’s high time I remind and implore readers to support the endeavors.

I’m not only talking about financial support. The best expression of care that can be bestowed on these organizations is your time and attention at their performances.

Butler County is home to more theater organizations than I can count on my hand once you include the high school and college productions gracing auditorium stages. Not only that, but on top of extremely talented school choirs and marching bands, we have a symphony! How many small towns can say that?

I see how well-attended even Butler’s outdoor events can be during the colder months. The explanation for this comes straight from you, reader, and we’re hearing you are all fed up with being cooped up.

Again, attending plays, concerts and musicals is only one way to show support; these talented individuals need volunteers to physically place the spotlight on them or make their voices heard. In my years of experience, there is no such thing as too much volunteer interest. In fact, I’ve only ever heard the opposite.

Don’t take for granted the slew of artistic opportunities within the county, because if you do, they may not always be there for you to take for granted.

That being said, take a look here at all the outdoor and indoor events you can attend this weekend.

Butler Little Theatre continues performances of the play “Constellations” from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22 to 24. Experience the unlikely and unconventional love story of a beekeeper and a physicist for the price of a $15 ticket. For more information, visit butlerlittletheatre.com.

Register for the annual Cherry Pie Hike scheduled Saturday at Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Brady Township. The nine guided hikes have limited space, so secure tickets at events.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Saxonburg Winter Festival lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and features live music, a petting zoo, food, carriage rides and more. In addition, meet your Saxonburg police officers and K-9 Bolt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the festival in front of Saxonburg Coffee and Tea.

Judge the Chili Cookoff at Allison Park Church’s campus in Butler at 101 Clearview Circle on Sunday. Show up hungry at 10:30 a.m.

Purchase tickets for First Friday’s Improv on March 1 at Hobnob Theatre Company on Main Street. Tickets are $5 at hobnobtheatre.com and space is limited.

Purchase tickets for Butler County Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "Titan," which will take place on March 2 featuring former musical director Matthew Kraemer as guest conductor. The performance will also feature the 2024 Collegiate Concerto winner and the Side-By-Side Honors Orchestra. Visit butlersymphony.org for more details.

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