We at the Evergreen are very excited that after more than three years of work we are finally here!
The Official Announcement
Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville is excited to announce that our long anticipated addition will become a reality in 2017. After sixteen years of hosting a wide variety of the performing arts from Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and beyond we are looking forward to upgrading our theatre to offer proper washrooms, dressing rooms and other amenities.
We are happy to salute the 150th birthday of Canada (almost as old as our building), and fittingly major funding of $100,125 is being provided to this project by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150). An additional $50,000 has come from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Other amounts have been received from business (notably RBC, Scotiabank and Investors) and many individuals.
Construction will start this spring as soon as weather allows. Meanwhile a last fundraising initiative aimed at the community will take us over the top of our financial commitment to this project.
As you may see (if you were paying attention) our planned addition has shrunk somewhat from our initial grander plans. We have kept our bold design and are still focusing on the essentials, those being washrooms, a dressing room and a modest lobby with a servery for the Middleton Band Association’s coffee and sweets (and perhaps something a bit more potent).
The interior of the auditorium will remain relatively untouched. The previous front door will remain as an emergency exit and the box office will most probably be converted to a sound and light booth. The main entrance will be off the new front deck.
The five (to code) new bathrooms will each bestand alone and gender free. Finally the Evergreen will be fully accessible and barrier free.
While we do have the funds on hand to complete the addition we are not quite finished with our fundraising. To get to this point we have raised and actually spent $60,000 on a septic system and numerous fees and studies. We have another $25,000 on hand that we have also raised.
In order to guarantee that this project would be finished on schedule (a requirement of our funders) we did take out a temporary line of credit (yet untouched) of $30,000. We do not wish to access this credit line if at all possible, and we certainly cannot afford to maintain it if we do. So we are doing one further funding push and appealing to all our supporters to dig deep in the next while.
We will be launching a crowdfunding initiative in the very near future.
Look out for it and be generous.
Gala scheduled for early May 2017
Our Evergreen Annual Gala will take place ion: May we will let you know asap!
Dinner will begin at the Margaretsville Fire Hall at 6 pm with a concert scheduled for the Evergreen at 8 pm. Our artist that evening will be the Barrowdowns.
The Menu will be announced in the near future.
Because of our Gala rescheduling and busy lives, we find ourselves a bit short of helping hands for Gala dinner preparation. If you can spare a few hours in May we would love to hear from you.
Included as part of your admission to the Gala is the Annual Gala Pass
The Gala Annual Pass give you admission to our special Gala Dinner (menu to be announced) at the Margaretsville Fire Hall ( Dinner at 6pm) and to the Barrowdowns concert following at the Evergreen at 8 pm.
This pass also entitles you to invitations to at least three free shows in 2017 (our choice and probably more than three, as we offered at least four to passholders last year).