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Now Introducing...Renovations, Bar Service At Old Town Playhouse

Now Introducing...Renovations, Bar Service At Old Town Playhouse

By Jodee Taylor

Nearly five years ago, Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse (OTP) conducted a study to see if the community would support a new or expanded building. The community said "yes," but the organization's board and pricetag for a new structure said "no."

Executive Director Phil Murphy says the estimate came in at $18 million. “We thought we could maybe get $10 million,” he says, noting the plan then shifted to a three-year, three-phase renovation to focus on safety, audience comfort and "life span" of the facility.

“We looked at renovations or purchases that needed to be replaced now or had a 10-year life cycle,” adds Betsy Willis, OTP’s director of development.

The first two phases are now complete, at a total cost of about $150,000. In year one, the front entrance was gutted and revamped, air-conditioning was added to the third floor, and the 110-year-old former church became ADA-compliant. A digital soundboard also was purchased, and baffling added to the orchestra pit.  more

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Big Draw Grand Traverse

8:00am Big Draw Grand Traverse: Presented by the Dennos Museum Center, NMC, in partnership with many educational organizations and businesses throughout the region. During October there will be arts events for all ages & abilities. For a listing of events by date and by age group, visit dennosmuseum.org/big-draw.  

Holiday Art Fair

10:00am Holiday Art Fair: Featuring fine arts and crafts from 50 Michigan artists, Christmas and Chanukah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more at the Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Tickets: $2 each or 6/$5. dennosmuseum.org

Horizon Books, TC Events

10:00am Horizon Books, TC Events: 10-11am: Story Hour: Silly Monsters. Hear stories & do activities & a craft. 8:30-10:30pm: Live Music with Peter Melichar. Enjoy this bass player & vocalist’s music. horizonbooks.com

Discover With Me!

11:00am Discover With Me!: Sharpen the five senses by making a sensory bag filled with various items & by playing with a bean sensory table. Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org

LIFE Lunch

12:00pm LIFE Lunch: Insights from the 10th decade of life will be explored at this event at NMC, TC. Join Corinne Plough, Jean Poos, Dick Grout, and Arno Von Walthausen (all 90+ years old) in a relaxed round-table dialogue exploring the joys and challenges of a long life. With buffet, $18; bring your own lunch, $9. www.nmc.edu/life-academy  

Michigan Reads!

1:45pm Michigan Reads!: With Kwame Alexander, author of “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band.” Munnecke Room, Leland Township Library. lelandtownshiplibrary.michlibrary.org/

MI Blood Drive

2:00pm MI Blood Drive: Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, parking lot, Thompsonville. miblood.org

Tour/Cupping

2:00pm Tour/Cupping: Higher Grounds Trading Co., TC. Free with reservation: 922-9009 or email jennifer@highergroundstrading.com.   more
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