The Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford has postponed its 2011 opening.

The announcement came this week, following a story in last week's Spectrum stating the season would open Saturday.

"An old television commercial said `You can't fool Mother Nature,'" said Eileen P. Monaghan, Merryall co-president. "We tried, but this winter was too harsh on our renovations schedule."

Once the weather began to cooperate, "we ran into other problems -- including a carpenters' union strike, which the concrete supplier workers are honoring," she said.

"The weather delays would not have prevented the on-time opening, but the strike was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back," she said.

Based on all this, renovations to the historic building are behind schedule.

The new footings have been prepared and the forms are ready for the foundation walls, but the building still is not ready for performances.

The 100-plus-year-old building is being renovated with funds from local residents and from a state grant.

"We are working on rescheduling the opening performance -- which will feature the combined piano talents of Hank Milligan and Roger Young -- for later in the season," Ms. Monaghan said.

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