Opera House to mark anniversary
Camden — This summer — July 19 to be exact — Camden Opera House will celebrate its 120th anniversary with a party on the Village Green.
Selectmen unanimously approved use of the town-owned park across from the Opera House at the June 24 meeting. Opera House manager Kerry Hadley said the anniversary will be celebrated with birthday cake, live music and inflatables.
"We thought: kids, balloons and birthday cake," Hadley said.
The inflatables will be provided by Fred Garbo, who is slated to perform wearing some of the novelties. While the celebration is set to wind down during the mid-afternoon, the inflatables will remain in place until 9 p.m.
"They are kind of sculptural, creative and colorful," Hadley said.
Also during the selectmens' meeting, anniversary banners sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank were unveiled and Hadley presented outgoing Opera House board chairman Maryanne Shanahan with a framed photo of the facility. She will be succeeded by Marc Ratner.
"We have had a wonderful, wonderful chair," Hadley said. " ... Just a wonderful, perfect chair."
Shanahan accepted the photo with thanks and, holding back tears, said she would miss everyone.
"[Camden Opera House] is a lovely spot and you made it even lovelier," Hadley said.