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By Marjorie Womach

Opera House Society makes plans


Last updated 3/11/2021 at 8:27am

HARRINGTON – President Ellen Evans, Linda Wagner, Mark and Sheryl Stedman, Edwin and Bunny Haugan, Gordon Herron and Becky Moeller of the Harrington Opera House Society met March 1 at the opera house.

The east-side hand railing for the main lobby staircase has been completed and is said to look great. Herron reported that Ray Harrington has agreed to build a staircase from behind the rummage room area to the basement. Work on the cushions for the pews can now proceed, as the plywood has been purchased for that project. Added lights and electrical connections are slated for the rummage room in addition to refurbishing of the restroom facility in that part of the building.

The Society discussed the Country Back Roads and Small Town Treasures map project of the Harrington Chamber of Commerce. Due to Covid restrictions, it was not updated in 2020 as had been planned. The amount paid in 2020 will now be used as a credit forward and applied to the new printing. Tim Tipton is preparing the mailer and newsletter with the deadline of Friday, April 9.

Evans reported that a rummage event is anticipated for May 14 and 15, coinciding with the May 15, 2021 Annual Harrington Car Show, which will be held at the Studebaker Shop with the majority of the event occurring outdoors. The Harrington Chamber of Commerce also plans to sponsor an event proposed for June, the Harrington Vintage Country Fair, and Evans is encouraging the rummage crew to hold another rummage sale then.

The Hawk Creek Guitar Duo has requested it be allowed to perform in the Harrington Opera House. The Society is suggesting that May would be a good time to schedule an event. Members discussed contacting previous performers to let them know the Society is setting this year's schedule for performances in the opera house. Member Karen Robertson is currently working on the Society’s newsletter.

City Hall

Harrington Mayor Nathan Luck announced that the initial changes at city hall began on Saturday with visible progress. The big shelf/display cabinet will not be positioned as had been planned originally, however. A new strategy for its placement is under consideration. Work in the back room will also continue, which is a tedious project of labeling items that are going into storage in the basement and identifying which items are to be declared surplus. Determination also is being made as to which records legally must be retained and which records may be disposed of at specific intervals.


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