Arts center to kick off season
The Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford is gearing up for the 2013 season, which will open May 12.
The season will include numerous musical events, a lecture series and special events.
The center underwent a 2-year-long renovation, supported by donations from residents and a state grant.
"We have replaced the roof, secured the foundation, repaired and repainted, upgraded the deck -- and that's just on the exterior," said Gerard J. Monaghan, co-president of the center.
Replacement windows and doors were selected for historical and architectural accuracy.
On the inside, "the entire building has been repaired and repainted, the floors redone, a handicapped-access bathroom installed, kitchen appliances replaced, professional sound and lighting added," he said.
Air conditioning was also installed.
"We are delighted with the results, largely made possible by the efforts of Charles Bogie," who volunteered to act as general contractor, Monaghan said.
The sponsorship program is new this year.
Proposed by new board member Joseph Mahoney, of Bridgewater, local businesses have provided a much-needed boost in revenue at levels ranging from conductor to concert master, performer and accompanist.
Sponsors are identified in the program for each performance and major sponsors acknowledged for specific performances.
Likewise, Paul Whitty, a board member from New Milford, has secured funding from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Community Foundation and New Milford Commission on the Arts.
In addition to its regular performances, the center will play host to a New Milford Garden Club event featuring internationally known designer and Washington resident Loretta Stagen, will again offer its version of the popular "Antiques Road Show" and will be the site of the 2013 Cocktails and Cabaret, sponsored by Ted Hine.
Entertainment will include music by the Sherman Chamber Ensemble May 12 at 3 p.m.; a tribute to Sinatra and Fitzgerald with Echoes of Frank and Ella May 18; the Berkshire Big Band June 1; Toom Do Brasil June 15; the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble June 22; the Danbury Brass Band July 6; Lynn Henderson July 20; the Bearcats Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.; the Larry Deming Quartet Sept. 7; and Higher & Higher Sept. 21.
All shows are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Memberships ($150) include all performances; members may bring unlimited guests at $15 per performance. Subscriptions ($75) include five performances and the option to attend additional performances at $15 each. Individual performances are $20.
The June 15 show will be free.