CALUMET - With a nine-family-member variety show occurring and $34,000 being given away Tuesday night at the Calumet Theatre, all that's missing is a partridge in a pear tree.
The Lowe Family Christmas Spectacular brings its myriad of instruments and blend of song and dance to Calumet for a 7:30 p.m. show, and the intermission will include the announcing of the winners for the theatre's Grand Raffle, where $34,000 will be given away to five lucky souls, with the big winner taking home $20,000.
The Lowe Family has been playing together for more than 25 years - 10 spent playing six nights a week in Branson, Mo. - and features a mix of talent and showmanship.
"This year we're bringing our Christmas Spectacular," Kayli Lowe, the youngest member of the band, said in a phone interview. "It's just a huge production. It has a ton of costumes and really big surprises for the Christmas season to celebrate.
"You've got everything from singing to dancing," Lowe continued. "We'll have some songs from 'The Polar Express' ... and we close the show with an original Christmas song. You'll go away happy and excited for Christmas."
The Lowe Family's talent extends across several genres of dance, including Irish dancing (their heritage), swing, cabaret and others. They also play a range of songs and instruments in a variety of costumes.
"The variety definitely draws people and there's something for everyone," Lowe said. "We have a big classical section and just added the Harry Potter theme.
"It's so cool to see little kids ... as soon as we start playing, they start tugging on their parents' legs saying 'I know this song.'"
Two members of the Lowe Family also were recognized recently in Nashville. Kayli and Doug recently won the grand prize in the Nashville Songwriters Contest for their song "Billboard Girl," and Kayli's song, "Let Me Cry" won Country Music Television's Listeners' Choice Award.
For more information on the Lowe Family, visit thelowefamily.com.
Despite giving away $34,000 through the Grand Raffle, the Calumet Theatre has still netted $15,000 from ticket sales, and will use the proceeds to update the ticketing system to allow online ticket purchases, a new water fountain and complete the next phase of the fresh-air ventilation system, according to a press release.
Members of the Calumet Theatre Board of Directors, raffle committee, theatre staff and sponsors will be present for the drawing and Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti will draw the winning tickets.
Winners will be notified immediately following the drawing and do not need to be present to win.