The original wood windows on the front of The Amherst Opera House have been professionally restored by Terry Laib of Laib Restorations of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Many of the panes of glass are also original “wavy” glass typical of glass produced in the early 1900’s. These windows have been boarded up for the past 51 years. We will be installing storm coverings soon. We also plan to restore the windows on the north and south sides of the building as funds are raised. Please look at our events page and visit us during an event so you can truly appreciate how beautiful these new windows are.
This past weekend the Amherst Opera House hosted the premier of Community Cooperative’s dance event. Community Cooperative is an upcoming cafe’, taproom, and production company based in Stevens Point. The premier included two original dances.
The first “On Devotion” was choreographed by Monica Endres and the second “Chitin” was choreographed by Constance Anderson. Below is a short video from “On Devotion”
This Thursday from 10AM to about 3PM we will be cleaning out the basement at the Amherst Opera House. If you can help we would really appreciate it. Many trips up the stairs will be required to carry things upstairs to their new home in a dumpster.
Good News! We got chairs! Bad news… they are very dirty. The Amherst Opera House acquired 63 chairs for the low price of FREE. They need to be hosed off and cleaned before being carried into our basement. We are having a chair cleaning this Thursday & Friday, 5/27 & 5/28 starting at 3 PM each day until the chairs are clean and in the basement. If you can help clean or carry chairs for a little while it would be appreciated.
The mystery ballerina found a home. This past weekend at the TRBA Swap-O-Rama sale the ballerina was purchased and left the Amherst Opera House for her new home. Hopefully she has a long stay while she enhances her new surroundings.
If you are available this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (5/6 through 5/8) we need help to carry things out of the Opera House basement into a truck so we can move it to a dumpster a few blocks away. Anytime on any of those days, just stop in if you have 30 minutes to a couple of hours. We are working on cleaning out the basement so we can begin to use it for area gatherings.
The Amherst Opera House has been given a very large (five foot tall) painting of a Ballerina. The painting was at the Consignment Corner affectionately dubbed the “Snow Queen”. Years ago it was brought in to be sold as a consignment. It evidently has an interesting local story that we are trying to find more about. If you know anything about it’s history please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the artist’s signature.
This is the inside of the north window at the front of the building. The sash has been removed and taken to Laib Restoration in Oshkosh to begin the process of being restored. All windows in the front of the building have been removed. Thanks to Terry Laib for donating his time and experience to help with this project.
It is the time of the year to be thinking about getting ready for another season at The Amherst Opera House! Plans are underway for what will be a great year of events. We need to get our basement cleaned out so it can be used by interested people in the area. If you are available to volunteer please email us at email@example.com and let us know when you would be available.