Opera House to mark anniversary

By Stephanie Grinnell | Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell Camden Opera House manager Kerry Hadley presents a gift to outgoing board chairman Maryanne Shanahan June 24 at the select board meeting.

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.

New banners sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank were installed late June 24 and June 25 on Camden Opera House to mark its 120th anniversary. (Courtesy of: Kerry Hadley)
Prior to installation on Camden Opera House, a new anniversary banner was on display June 24 in the Washington Street conference room. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Selectmen John French, Leonard Lookner, Don White and Jim Heard (seated) pose with Bangor Savings Bank representative Amber Heffner, Select Board Chairman Martin Cates and Opera House Manager Kerry Hadley. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Outgoing Opera House board chairman Maryanne Shanahan, Opera House manager Kerry Hadley and incoming Opera House board chairman Marc Ratner. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

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