Buttermilk Performance Center Renamed After Ray Wifler

The Fond du Lac City Council last month approved renaming the Buttermilk Performance Center at Buttermilk Creek Park in honor of Fond du Lac Symphonic Conductor Ray Wifler. Yesterday Wifler conducted the band at the 41st Annual Cathedral Concert at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was his final concert as music director capping a 43 year career. In pitching the City Council on renaming the Performance Center, the band’s business manager Mary Arthur said Wifler has done a lot for the community including spearing heading the fundraising for the Buttermilk Performance Center. She says he has been instrumental on both the arts and music scene for years in Fond du Lac. City Councilman Brian Kolstad says it has been his good fortune to work with Wifler on the music stage and naming the performance center after him is a good way to honor his contributions. Wifler found out about the honor during Sunday’s concert. (In the photo Mary Arthur addresses the Fond du Lac City Council)