2011-06-02 / Local & State

Grand Opening Of Hancock Performing Arts Center

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The Hancock Arts Council announced this week that it will present a variety show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding in 2001. The show takes place in the Performing Arts Center at Town Hall, 126 W. High Street, Hancock, Md., on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. The show will have a mix of acts, including a magician, belly dancers, a string band, a hula hooper, drummers, a bell choir and more. The performers range in age from 7 years and up and may include an animal act.

This is a free show to thank the community for its support, and it is also a good opportunity to show off the renovations and upgrades to the auditorium. Thanks to contributions from the public and with a grant of more than $100,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Community Partnership of Washington County, the Arts Council was able to renovate and update the auditorium. The grants enabled the Arts Council to refinish the floor, install a new heating and air-conditioning unit, and purchase a sound system. The grants also made it possible to install new stage lights, curtains and a sound booth.

Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton said “We tried out the lights during a recent concert by Russ and Donna Miller of ‘Take Two’ and it looked very professional. The upcoming variety show will feature many local talents and should be a very entertaining and fun show for the entire family.”

For more information, contact Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719.

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