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Strand Theatre Takes Center Stage

January 28, 2012
By Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Now that the Strand Theatre in Moundsville is once again up-and-running, the Strand Theatre Preservation Society is hoping that additional community members will become involved through its "Friends of the Strand" membership endeavor.

The "Friends of the Strand" is an on-going fundraising/community effort and the board of directors is hoping that additional individuals and businesses will become involved.

Tiffany Turner, the volunteer program director who spoke this past week to members of the Moundsville Lions Club, stated, "A Friends of the Strand membership will demonstrate that the community supports the project and looks forward to the rewards and benefits that will follow its total completion."

"Friends of the Strand" includes four different membership forms: individual, along with three business status memberships - stagehand, chorus and director.

Becoming members will provide individuals/businesses with tickets to some events, the Strand's quarterly newsletter, information pertaining to events along with recognition of their business.

The stagehand, chorus and director membership is based on monetary level donations, which range from $100 to $500, annually. To be an individual member the fee is $20 per person, a year.

Turner pointed out that the backbone of any organization is its membership, many of whom give significant time as board members, volunteers, donors and patrons.

Turner told members of the Lions Club, "Your support is an honored act of service to the community, demonstrating the value you place on the performing arts and all the ways the performing arts lift up, enrich and inspire us. Your membership will demonstrate that the community supports the projects and looks forward to the rewards and benefits that will follow its completion."

The Strand was built in the 1920s and at one time was one of three theaters in the city. The others were the Park located in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and the Grand located on Seventh Street near Lafayette Avenue.

In early 2000, a group known as the Strand Theatre Preservation Society was formed and for more than 10 years has worked on behalf of the theatre, including purchasing the building.

During the past 12 years, both the exterior and interior of the building have been renovated, with the funding coming from several grant sources.

Turner updated members of the Moundsville Lions Club on some of the happenings involving the Strand, including some of the events which have taken place in the past six months since the re-opening.

Turner stated that plans are in the works for a number of events, including some which have taken place at other venues in the area.

The board recently advertised for a director of operations, who would assume the day-to-day operations of the facility on a paid status rather than relying on volunteers.

Strand Theatre Preservation Society president Dave Knuth noted that at the current time there are no paid employees, but he is hopeful a director can be employed in the next five or six months.

Knuth pointed out that the money generated through the "Friends of the Strand" enables STPS to pay the monthly utility bills. He added that the Strand board of directors is hoping to establish a Strand Foundation.

Sometimes people aren't aware of the involvement of organizations within their community. This was evident recently when an issue dealing with the Tuesday Arts Club of Moundsville came up.

The TAC is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) and was organized in 1902 as the Woman's Musical Club. In 1913 the name was changed to the Tuesday Arts Club.

The club was admitted to the State Federation in 1919 and to General Federation in 1920.

During its 110 years the Tuesday Arts Club has maintained a strong and useful place in the community through volunteerism, financial assistance and furthering the culture of its members.

Over the years, club members have received awards at the annual state convention in the areas of art, needle craft, story writing, play writing and poetry.

The city of Moundsville Skateboard Park Committee met this past week and hopes to begin the first phase of the project underway in a few months. The initial phase includes removal of asphalt, installation of a drainage system and installation of one ramp.

The site for the Skateboard Park is the old tennis courts at the East End Playground Complex.

Since the overall project is projected to cost more than $100,000, the committee will be involved in attempting to find contributors.

Received an e-mail this past week pertaining to the longest zip line in West Virginia.

In last week's Marshall Memo it was stated that one of zip lines to be constructed at Grand Vue Park would be 2,400 feet in length making it the longest in West Virginia. However, I was informed that "Adventures on the Gorge" is the largest and most diverse aerial adventure in the United States and perhaps the world, with a zip line called "Adrenaline" being 3,100 feet in length. "Adrenaline" being a part of one course which is called "Gravity." The New River Gorge area facility has four different aerial adventures.

Now that the Strand Theatre in Moundsville is once again up-and-running, the Strand Theatre Preservation Society is hoping that additional community members will become involved through its "Friends of the Strand" membership endeavor.

The "Friends of the Strand" is an on-going fundraising/community effort and the board of directors is hoping that additional individuals and businesses will become involved.

Tiffany Turner, the volunteer program director who spoke this past week to members of the Moundsville Lions Club, stated, "A Friends of the Strand membership will demonstrate that the community supports the project and looks forward to the rewards and benefits that will follow its total completion."

"Friends of the Strand" includes four different membership forms: individual, along with three business status memberships - stagehand, chorus and director.

Becoming members will provide individuals/businesses with tickets to some events, the Strand's quarterly newsletter, information pertaining to events along with recognition of their business.

The stagehand, chorus and director membership is based on monetary level donations, which range from $100 to $500, annually. To be an individual member the fee is $20 per person, a year.

Turner pointed out that the backbone of any organization is its membership, many of whom give significant time as board members, volunteers, donors and patrons.

Turner told members of the Lions Club, "Your support is an honored act of service to the community, demonstrating the value you place on the performing arts and all the ways the performing arts lift up, enrich and inspire us. Your membership will demonstrate that the community supports the projects and looks forward to the rewards and benefits that will follow its completion."

The Strand was built in the 1920s and at one time was one of three theaters in the city. The others were the Park located in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and the Grand located on Seventh Street near Lafayette Avenue.

In early 2000, a group known as the Strand Theatre Preservation Society was formed and for more than 10 years has worked on behalf of the theatre, including purchasing the building.

During the past 12 years, both the exterior and interior of the building have been renovated, with the funding coming from several grant sources.

Turner updated members of the Moundsville Lions Club on some of the happenings involving the Strand, including some of the events which have taken place in the past six months since the re-opening.

Turner stated that plans are in the works for a number of events, including some which have taken place at other venues in the area.

The board recently advertised for a director of operations, who would assume the day-to-day operations of the facility on a paid status rather than relying on volunteers.

Strand Theatre Preservation Society president Dave Knuth noted that at the current time there are no paid employees, but he is hopeful a director can be employed in the next five or six months.

Knuth pointed out that the money generated through the "Friends of the Strand" enables STPS to pay the monthly utility bills. He added that the Strand board of directors is hoping to establish a Strand Foundation.

Sometimes people aren't aware of the involvement of organizations within their community. This was evident recently when an issue dealing with the Tuesday Arts Club of Moundsville came up.

The TAC is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) and was organized in 1902 as the Woman's Musical Club. In 1913 the name was changed to the Tuesday Arts Club.

The club was admitted to the State Federation in 1919 and to General Federation in 1920.

During its 110 years the Tuesday Arts Club has maintained a strong and useful place in the community through volunteerism, financial assistance and furthering the culture of its members.

Over the years, club members have received awards at the annual state convention in the areas of art, needle craft, story writing, play writing and poetry.

The city of Moundsville Skateboard Park Committee met this past week and hopes to begin the first phase of the project underway in a few months. The initial phase includes removal of asphalt, installation of a drainage system and installation of one ramp.

The site for the Skateboard Park is the old tennis courts at the East End Playground Complex.

Since the overall project is projected to cost more than $100,000, the committee will be involved in attempting to find contributors.

Received an e-mail this past week pertaining to the longest zip line in West Virginia.

In last week's Marshall Memo it was stated that one of zip lines to be constructed at Grand Vue Park would be 2,400 feet in length making it the longest in West Virginia. However, I was informed that "Adventures on the Gorge" is the largest and most diverse aerial adventure in the United States and perhaps the world, with a zip line called "Adrenaline" being 3,100 feet in length. "Adrenaline" being a part of one course which is called "Gravity." The New River Gorge area facility has four different aerial adventures.

 
 

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