One sign of the renovation projects is a new roof. Thanks to a donation from the city government, the reproofing will soon be taking place and the work will be visible to people in the downtown area, particularly nearby City Hall.
The next big project will be a sprinkler system to bring the theater up to modern fire codes and regulations.
To generate funds to pay for the sprinkler system, the theater has designated September to the a fundraiser month.
The month’s first event will be a visionary session to inform the public about the plans for the building. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the theater. Special speakers will discuss the plans for the beloved but beleaguered building.
The next event will be the second “BBQ, Brews and Blues” at the Covered Bridge Park on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation. The first version of this event proved to be very popular. As the name of the event implies, it features the best local barbecue, beers and blues groups. A friendly barbecue competition among some of the most popular pork purveyors in the area will be one of the highlights. Some great blues music will also be presented on the Covered Bridge Stage.
The next weekend will also feature food and music, but of a completely different style. It will be “A 1940s Evening of Jazz,” featuring music by the Tri-Cities Orchestra, a 17-piece band led by Eddie Dalton.
The concert will take place at the Bonnie Kate on Saturday, Sept. 22. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 7. This will be a limited seating event and tickets are $60 each. They may be purchased at the Bonnie Kate and at Appalachian Printing, 530 W. C St. There will be music and dancing, hors d’oeuvres.
If September did not provide enough variety, October will bring the theater back to the Bonnie Kate. Guest director Daniel Banks, who brought the 19th century comedy “Engaged” to the stage in February, will bring another British-theme play, “Shakespeare Abridged.” Three cast members will attempt to act out scenes from all Shakespeare’s plays in one short 90-minute evening.