Monday, 26 August 2013

19OTP

Five years ago this 100 year old building became the town's arts and culture centre, and is now known as "Nineteen on the Park". House number is 19, and there's a park right behind it...... so it makes sense.

It has been many things in the past: a garage, a cinema, a market hall, and most recently the Town Offices housing the office of the Mayor and Town Councillors.

Now it's home to concerts, movies, conferences, trade shows, craft sales, art exhibitions, even wedding receptions. My grandson's nursery school held its "graduation" there in June. My theatre group holds its Christmas show there in December. And I'm one of the many volunteers who take tickets, sell the popcorn, show people to their seats and help clean up afterwards. And the best thing about volunteering here is that I see the concert too!

11 comments:

sonia a. mascaro said...

This town's arts and culture centre looks wonderful!
Sounds great that you are one of the many volunteers!

madretz said...

What a beautiful place! It's great when a city realizes what an important part The Arts has on a community. And it truly seems like the perfect place for you to be.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

A Wonderful versatile place, Sham...And I love that you get to see the concerts, too!

Ginnie said...

YAAAAY for free concerts! Doing those odd jobs is totally worth it, I know. I did it during my college days and got to see/hear a LOT.

photowannabe said...

Volunteering definitely has its perks.
I love the looks of this place and can see why it has been used for so many worthwhile causes.

madretz said...

Shammie! Thanks for checking in. :) Yes, everything is going in our favor. The fire still keeps growing, but slowly and containment keeps increasing. There are over 4500 firefighters there and aside from containing the blaze, their priority is keeping the communities safe and they are doing an amazing job. It's been wonderful reading about how the community has been supporting the firefighters, too, with pot luck dinners, free coffee, lots of families bbqing, baking, etc for them. Businesses giving them free or deeply discounted meals + places for them to recharge their devices whenever they just need to get away from their base camps. They don't expect the fire to be fully contained till Sept 10th or later, but with all the work the firefighters have been doing, the communities (and me) feel like we are out of the woods figuratively :). Yesterday was the last daily town hall meeting unless something comes up that might change the gameplan. Our town is still under evacuation advisory, but it may be lifted soon.
Sorry I haven't updated the blog, Jimmy's in the process of switching it over to a new server so I'm out of commission for another day or 2. Thanks again for checking in. :) It was really scary for a few days there, but those firefighters are amazing.

Anvilcloud said...

There used to be a country jam concert festival here. I would volunteer and see the rest of it for free. After several years they ceased the festival because another opened up in Ottawa. But that has failed too.

Suldog said...

Looks like a lovely place to see a show, etc.

Sorry I've been such a bad blog buddy, not getting by to see things as often as I once did. Oddly enough, now that I'm writing for a living, I find much less time to visit the people who encouraged me so much. That's such a shame, and I hope I'll be around a bit more often.

Red Rose. said...

How wonderful!!It's so nice that the building was able to be used for new many purposes.I like the idea and that charming building.
Tomoko

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just stopping by to say hello.
I hope you are well.
Have a nice weekend.

Xtreme English said...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! I love your photos of the town center. What a lovely place in which to volunteer! Looking forward to catching up on your doings!