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Stand to lose much if unable to raise funds

Letter to the Editor

The Opera House Committee wishes to inform the community of the tragedy of possibly losing our historic theatre. The theatre has been rarely used for 17 years. Many of you we interviewed love the theatre; others have never been inside. If you have never experienced its beauty and significance, it’s hard to care. Here’s what we are about to lose if we don’t have help:

Our purpose is to restore the theater with musicals, concerts, melodramas; then expand the downstairs area into a cultural learning center for classes, i.e. dance, music, art, drama, qigong; besides celebrating weddings, festivals, reunions… also, to gather as groups for fun activities: (Bring the wife to mystery dinner theatre, or come to family or singles’ activity night, etc.).   

To purchase the building, we followed the example of the City of Craigmont that replaced their burned- down bowling alley by selling shares at $500 apiece, so the community actually owns the building. After two months of paperwork, now we’ve received over $30,000. The purchase price is $199,000, but money is hard to come by in our area. Any amount donated is appreciated — even $5 to $20 add up quickly.

Please donate or purchase shares, by calling Freedom Northwest Credit Union in Kooskia/ Kamiah, (who will match the next 50 shares raised!) or call 983- 0314. If our deadline is not met, another buyer will purchase the building for a different purpose, and we will refund all money. Any unclaimed money will be redonated for community purposes.

Gloria Taylor



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