Ten months ago Michael finally decided to take a look at this theater space in Tisch Mills I’d been telling him about. While he really just intended to spend a year in the area and then move on, he will tell you how the amount of theater and arts in the area caught him off guard – and the space had him curious.
He walked in and immediately wondered how this space could possibly be closed. Ideas turned into a plan, and I felt like the successful Realtor connecting the right person with the right property. But as we discussed the Forst Inn and all of it’s potential, it became clear that this was too huge an undertaking for just one person, and slowly it became clear that we needed to do this together.
The plan became a reality and we dove in, creating a non-profit community organization to manage the theater, figuring out how to get the building up and going again, and tending to the many details of our Gala opening of the theater and adjoining pub meanwhile keeping our day jobs up and running.
Amidst all this hub-bub of final details, I received an email from musician Peter Mulvey regarding his Spring concert at the Forst Inn (oops! Did I just let that slip?). In it he said, “So glad you're running a room. Rooms where art happens are the pinnacle of civilization.”
A room where art happens... Yes! That’s what we’re creating – and we both are in our element doing so. His words were a poetic reminder that all these small details will lead up to that reward – providing people with another space to gather and enjoy the experience of art happening.
After 10 months of planning, on Saturday night we finally get to do just that. With Unwound in the pub. The art of S.v. Gonia in the art gallery, and Janet Planet taking the stage, old and new friends alike will enjoy these experiences together. I’m looking forward to the magic and thankful to the Universe (and Michael!) for this grand experience. See you soon! - Catherine
I just couldn’t imagine what theatrical production the former owner, Ron Kaminski, had in mind when he nailed cardinals, woodpeckers and palm trees to deck of the Forst Inn. It was a puzzle I had to solve.