Rising up for Rosendale

All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

So Saturday, expanding on my Market Market visit, I was intrigued by the Rosendale-armband-wearing woman holding a clipboard that’s collecting signatures to help save the theatre. Then I was piqued by the opening salvo from the stage, a call to help the Rosendale Theatre Collective secure the money to pay down the mortgage. Everywhere I turned, the theatre was the subject. All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

Today I dove into what should be a great piece early next week. The Collective is doing such a good job with its fundraising that it’s leading the Pepsi Refresh challenge, meaning it should (crossing fingers) win a $50,000 grant, which would secure the purchase. Then the theatre stays open under community leadership and continues its tradition of showing wonderful films you can’t normally get at a multiplex.

It’s a testament to the community at large that this is such an overwhelming success. Eve Waltermaurer, who is in charge of the Pepsi Refresh wing of fundraising, told me every person she has encountered has shown complete support for the the Collective. No politics. No bickering. No sides. One full united front in support of the arts.

Amazing.

But that’s Rosendale, and Ulster County, and the arts community at large, really. That’s who we are. If one of our friends is down, we pick them up. And here you’re seeing a friend who could stray from us. Tony and Michael Cacchio have done a splendid job with the theatre, but there’s always a time when things have to end. Doesn’t mean another family can’t keep it close. And that family – the arts community of Rosendale and beyond – is the perfect heir to the throne.

I can’t wait until the theatre (likely) crosses the $160K barrier (the amount needed for a down payment on the mortgage). There’s a benefit Vaudeville-style show set for May 1 starring Mikhail Horowitz, Gilles Malkine, Lori Wilner and Melissa Leo. It’s very likely that’s the day it crosses the barrier (the Pepsi Refresh challenge ends at the end of the month), and man, what a celebration they could have that night. All in the name of the human spirit. All about the Rosendale Theatre, people.

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