COOPERSTOWN – Sharon Jones, whose “100 Days, 100 Nights” alone established a permanent place for her in America’s performance pantheon, died Friday at Bassett Hospital, reportedly from pancreatic cancer.
Staying with friends in Sharon Springs while fighting the disease, she had intended to attend a screening of “Miss Sharon Jones!”, Barbara Kopple’s award-winning documentary that opened this year’s Glimmerglass Film Days Nov. 10 at The Otesaga. However, friends said she suffered a stroke while watching election returns on the 8th, and never recovered.
THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org
SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670, www.catskillsymphony.net
CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com
The Goal: To Bring Sharon Springs Theater Back To Life
By LIBBY CUDMORE • allotsego.com
Edition of Dec. 11-12, 2014
‘One brick at a time,” goes the song from the musical “Barnum.” And that’s just how Drew Taylor and Gail Luna are going to restore Sharon Springs’ old Klinkhart Hall.
“You have to take short steps with a long view,” said Luna.
It’s an enormous undertaking. The theater itself – a one-time Smalley’s cinema – hasn’t been used in decades: the tin ceiling tiles leaking, the floor boards shifting under the stage until light can be seen between them, thick dust on the 350 original red leather seats, complete with hat racks underneath every one for gentlemen’s fedoras.
“The newspapers we found have really brought us through the past,” said Luna. “They used to show old Charlie Chapman movies here!”
It’s a perfect project for the couple. Taylor is a Broadway actor and playwright who appeared in “The Secret Garden” and “Annie,” and Luna, the Glimmerglass Festival’s company manager, worked as a set designer and stage manager on Broadway shows including “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins.” “Our roots run deep in theater,” said Taylor.
But it will take work, and so they are organizing the Sharon Springs Holiday Revue on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, to raise money to begin the process of turning the space into the Klinkhart Hall Creative Arts Center. “This area is so rich in talent,” said Drew. “We want to have dance, music, literary readings. We want to bring together all that talent.”
The revue will feature Broadway actors and singers performing traditional carols and numbers from “Songs From a Glass Half Full,” a show written by Taylor. “We’re going to turn the Stone House into a winter wonderland,” he said.
Klinkhart Hall opened in 1884 as a general store, but a fire in 1911 destroyed the store, killing Mrs. Klinkhart when she went back to get the money out of the register and a paint can exploded, hitting her in the head. “They say her ghost still haunts this place,” said Taylor.
In 1925, it opened as a movie theater, then served as an auto dealership with a Masonic Temple upstairs. In 2008, Doug Plummer and Garth Roberts, owners of the American Hotel across the street, headed up a board to restore the building and brought Taylor and Luna on board.
The money raised by the fundraiser will go towards bringing in engineers to examine the building’s structure and beginning the work needed to bring Klinkhart Hall up to code.
There’s plenty scraping, painting, sweeping and more to be done, and when spring finally thaws, they’re hoping to get together as many people as they can to pitch in with paint brushes and brooms. “It’s important that this be a community project,” said Drew. “It’s a real keystone to this area.”
“It’s such a fascinating space,” said Luna. “It’s got so much to offer.”