The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., reached its Summer Membership Drive goal of reaching the level of 1,000 Members by Aug. 31. Anna Jennings of Rockland was recognized as the 1,000th person to join the Strand’s membership program.

She was presented with a gift bag and warm thanks from Membership Coordinator Jessica Ripley and Theater Manager Liz McLeod. Jennings shared a few stories about her first visits to the Strand in 2007, including one about a several-hour wait in the rain with two friends to be one of the first in line to buy season tickets for the first-ever Metropolitan Opera Live-In-HD season. She said she joined as a member to help ensure the Strand will continue as a valuable resource to the community for years to come, adding, “Oh, and the sound is award winning!”

The theater, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. The Strand’s Membership program was launched in April 2014. Memberships, as well as grants, sponsorships and fundraising efforts, help pay the operating expenses for the wide range of cultural and educational programming the theater presents.

For more information about the Strand Membership program, call 701-5053 or email For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or