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

Monday, February 21, 2011

The TM said the Casino would not last the winter-not a prophetess, Be counted, come to the Demolition Pre Bid Conference


The Town Manager said the Casino would never make it through the winter. Okay, there are four weeks left, but buildings are dropping like flies all over Massachusetts and the Casino sails on. What does herself say now? It's all the holes in the roof. When I was in there, Light was not streaming through the roof.


When atheist H.L. Mencken was asked what he would do if he died and found himself before the 12 Apostles. He said he would say, "Gentlemen, I was wrong." I have no idea the TMs beliefs, but if she were Mencken, she would say, "Gentlemen, you are wrong."

Thei legal notice was posted on MassLive :

There will be a A pre-bid conference will be held for all interested parties on-site on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Casino Theater, 121 Main Street, Ware, MA, at the front entrance. Attendance at this pre-bid conference is strongly recommended for parties submitting a bid.

Click the link for more info. Bids are being accepted on March 2. Some of us intend to be there on Wednesday. Hope you can come and show support. Thanks Pauline and Julie for the heads up.

Per Julie:
I spoke with Olivia Mausel of the Holyoke Historic Commission. She gave me ideas for help on the Casino. Involve the technical vocational students - Pathfinder, Palmer - Ware students go there. Involve the architectural classes at UMass.

Good points!



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Freddie's not Dead-The Casino sails on while other Ware buildings sink!

Above, Casino roof defies the snow.

The Town of Ware selectmen and town clerk are worried about The Casino Theater. The structure is said to not be the most stable. Why, if you listen to the concerns of some town dads and moms, if someone sneezes in Belchertown, the Casino could collapse and bring about the demise of scores of townspeople, if not Western Civilization.


Okay, I exaggerate the hysteria, but hysteria it is. The impresario of the theater’s rebirth has had a triumph of sorts this winter. The Casino, for all its purported instability, has sailed through the storms like a serene ship on calm seas.


Across the street, however, the building housing Cebula Insurance and Chantel Bleu Accounting has seen its roof collapse and the tenants evacuated. Hey, maybe they could relocate to a theater on Main Street that is currently vacant, but somewhat more structurally sound than was earlier thought?


This does not mean that Fred has clear sailing. I’m guessing the town still wants to destroy the place, though the current season’s costs have depleted available funds. The Connecticut entrepreneur who visited a few weeks ago will not take up the project.


Still, he is alive and has a building that is still standing after many another roof has collapsed.

You can support the rebirth of the Casino by joining the facebook page here.