A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Last Chance to Help the Casino Win $5,000!

In a bit of an email press release, the Ware Casino sent out a reminder that tomorrow will be your last chance to vote in the Berkshire Bank foundation's grant program.

Breaking news

The Berkshire Bank Foundation wants to give away four $5,000 grants to non-profit organizations. The grants will be awarded based on the highest number of votes re­ceived during the voting period of November 13, 2009 to January 31, 2010. One vote per person. So, if you are over 18 and a resident of the US (not just Massachusetts) please vote for the Casino! To vote click here.
Where it asks, Name of the Organization: type in Ware Casino Theatre
Where it asks, Address of Organization: type in Main St., Ware, Massachusetts

That's all you have to do.

So if you want to support the small town movie house and provide another venue for local movies as well as save what is arguably the oldest movie house in the country, here is your chance.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Casino Update

Let me get this out front. I admire Fred McLennan for what he is trying to do, but I am not sure he is completely sane.

The latest Quaboag Current dated January 8, 2010 has a front page article by Melissa Fales outlining the recent progress of the Casino renovation project. Fred has an agreement in place that he must meet to go forward. He must get scaffolding in place. January 14 he must submit an engineering report as to the work needed. According to Mary T, town clerk, he must pay the $10,000 back taxes. The building must be “safe” by February 23.

Actually, with the fence, it is safer than walking across the street. Of course, we don’t stop people from driving cars or crossing streets because those acts are inherently unsafe.

I understand town officials pushing your man to stay on time. Time is of the essence and I’m sure they have had many dealings with entities who never kept promises.

Still, every case is unique and should be judged on its own merits. If Fred is squeezed too much and the town takes the Casino for taxes in this business environment not much is going to happen. Logically, if the building is “unsafe” then once it is in town hands it should be taken down. Then what? In this economy, just a hole in the middle of town.

This building is town history. It is something that can bind generations. Don’t think that is important? You may be right. Hey, I’m a history nerd and maybe a fool for thinking so. The Roman orator Cicero said, “A person who does not know of events before his own time remains ever a child.” The analogy is not perfect, but no connection with our past leaves us orphans in the worst sense of the word.

Whatever my questions about Fred's mental status,he must know he can't become rich over this. He is doing this, I would guess, because movies are what he does. Any one else coming here would be only bottom line and it would never happen. Granted, Fred can't ignore that bottom line, but it is not why he is here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Shameless Self Promotion-January/February Edition

UPDATE-The link to this month's issue is fixed. To view online go to http://sturbridgetimes.com/ and click on the link.

The Sturbridge Times Magazine's January/February issue is out and it is time for moi to again self promote.

On Page 5 is the Article, Yankee Spirits owner and employees seek ways to do good despite the bad economy. There is no way the bad business climate is not going to hit every business. Mike Cimini, owner of Yankee and his staff have worked it out to continue to do more good with less by focusing on what is important to them.

Not all of us were born in this area. Those of us from elsewhere all have a story about that. Pamela Bove and George Diaz' odyssey starts in Brooklyn and Newton and then heads to Florida before making the U-turn to Southbridge and the Woof and Whisker Inn. Read about them on Page 10.

My column is on Page 20 should make me a few enemies among folks who have had humorectomies.

There are other great articles, some fun, some informative. Tom Chamberland has been recognized with an award. Stephanie Richards tells what's on tap for Valentine's Day in Sturbridge. So if you haven't recieved a hard copy, you can read it on line or click on the graphic below to find where to fetch one.