On Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 pm, the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition will hold its annual fund-raising event, based on the old television game show Match Game, at the Gard Theater on Jefferson Street in downtown Spring Green.
The Emmy-nominated Match Game became most popular during the 1970s, when Gene Rayburn hosted the show. Celebrities answered fill-in the blank questions asked by the host and two contestants attempted to match the answers given by the six-celebrity panel. The contestant earned one point for each celebrity that wrote the same answer. The show had a reputation for bawdy humor and double entendre answers.
Master of ceremonies for the Arts Coalition’s version of Match Game is APT actor David Daniel. He will be asking questions of local celebrities Chris Staples, entrepreneur and manager of the Sh*tty Barn, a music venue in Spring Green; Derek Miller, pastor of the Cornerstone Church of Spring Green; Melinda Van Slyke, owner, Heart of the Sky Fair Trade and local activist; Brenda DeVita, artistic director, American Players Theatre; Mark Timmerman, MD, River Valley Clinic; and Tom Wermuth, River Valley school administrator. Contestants will be drawn from the audience with prizes awarded to the winning contestants and members of the audience who play the game. Tickets are available for $12 at the General Store, Nina’s, Convivio, Arcadia Book Store, Pamela’s Fine Jewelry and The Shoppe--Herbs Spices and More in Arena. Funds raised from Match Game will match funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. The money benefits area artists and arts and cultural organizations in the River Valley through the Arts Coalition’s Creative Community Grants Program. The grants will awarded April 1, 2013.