MASQUERADE BALL AT FIREHOUSE PIPES LEADS TO MORE VISITORS

By Cindi Aukerman
Union City Now Contributor

Saturday's Masquerade Ball at Firehouse Pipes in Union City will lead to that facility hosting a meeting of the American Theatre Organ Society in the spring. Bringing an ATOS meeting to Union City was the idea of Justin Nemo, who provided the dramatic music for the background of the silent movie played at the Masquerade Ball.

Nemo is president of the Central Indiana ATOS, which is headquartered at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis. He also works for the Carlton Smith Organization in Indianapolis.

Dick and Linda Wilcox brought Nemo to Firehouse Pipes for the Masquerade Ball to feature the completed theatre organ installation, complete with flashing lights and sound effects.  They told Nemo they wanted to use a silent movie with a Halloween theme.

Nemo suggested showing Laurel and Hardy's Habeas Corpus, set in a graveyard. Nemo's accompaniment provided suitable scary music with all the right accents.

Linda Wilcox said, "It's always good to have a chance to bring visitors to Union City."

The Wilcoxes transformed the former Union City, Ind. fire station on Plum Street into Firehouse Pipes, which is used for various community events. 

The Preservation Society sponsored the Masquerade Ball.  Ted Keen and Eric Livingston won the prize for most original costume.  Philip and Hailey Brewer, dressed as a haz mat team, won the prize for best couple.