Flag Day at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater

Scouts pose with flags from different eras of American history at last year’s Flag Day concert at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater in Auburn.

AUBURN — Three events are taking place this weekend at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater in Auburn.

Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., the DeKalb High School Baron Brigade will play host to a cookout and variety show featuring the front ensemble, battery, jazz combo, color guard and the Marching Brigade.

Burgers and hot dogs will be for sale along with Kona Ice. A raffle will offer prizes of gift baskets and cash prizes of $300, $150 or $75.

The event is part of the band’s annual fundraising March-a-Thon in Auburn. Earlier in the day, band members will be performing at five locations around the city before arriving at the Outdoor Theater.

Friday evening, Auburn Actors Theater will present the musical comedy “Robin Hood.” The show begins in a happier time when Nottingham is wealthy and prosperous. Robin and his brother arrive with hopes of opening an archery shop, but immediately run into trouble. King Richard has left for the Crusades, so the Sheriff of Nottingham and his fiancee, Lady Blackwood, seize the opportunity to tax the town blind. Robin quickly makes an enemy of the sheriff and eventually becomes a wanted man, an outlaw.

The show features a cast of 30 including several children. It is sponsored by the Annabelle Yoder Memorial Fund. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday at 7 pm, Flag Day returns to the Outdoor Theater. Auburn Elks Lodge 1978 will lead a the celebration of the history of the nation’s flag. The ritual for the occasion is described as elaborate, informative and inspirational. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Admission to all three events is free, but donations to the theater will be gratefully accepted. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The grounds are professionally sprayed for mosquito control.

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater is at 301 S. Center St., Auburn, next to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds and has ample off-street parking available. Events occur rain or shine.

All Friday Night Performance Series events offer free admission. Sponsorships and donations help to sustain the theater and are tax-deductible through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County.

The complete summer schedule is online at dekalboutdoortheater.org. The theater’s FaceBook page carries up-to-date information.

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