Eagle Scout project assist with theater renovation
A LETTER TO FALLON
My name is Orin Sommer and I am a Jump Start college student, the Senior Class President, and the NHS Chapter President for Oasis Academy College Preparatory High School. I am working towards becoming an Eagle Scout before the end of this year. I will be leading a service project in the near future in order to serve our community and earn my Eagle. My service project will be held at FALLON THEATRES ON 71 S. MAINE STREET ON JULY 24-26, 2017.
Fallon Theatres is a community treasure that many in our area are working to preserve. It was built in 1920 and was the best theater of its time. It was later divided into two separate rooms in 1983 in order to provide more showings. Burlap curtains have hung on the walls for nearly 35 years collecting wear and lots of dust. Earlier this month, the curtains have been removed and the walls have been cleaned in preparation for painting.
My Eagle Project will include painting the walls in both theater rooms. Because of this big task, and as the leader of this project, I ask everyone who is willing to come, to volunteer their time at Fallon Theatres on July 24, 25 and 26 (if the project requires that much time). Remember that many hands make light work! The hours we will work are 8a a.m.-4 p.m. (depending on how tired we are), every day. Drinks and snacks will be provided during the whole project. Please bring your own paintbrushes, paint rollers, paint trays, and any other painting supplies you wish, including step ladders, drop cloths, and extension poles for rollers. I do not have many of my own brushes. I suggest you label all of the tools you own so they won’t be misplaced. All paintbrushes and other tools will be washed and returned to their owners. Spread the word to all your friends, family, and anyone you know!
Please help me in my efforts to help preserve this community treasure for years to come, it will be worth it! I promise.
The Eagle Scout Service Project gives young men an opportunity to “find a hole that needs to be filled and then fill it”.
Life Scout Thomas Jamieson did exactly that on July 11 when members of Troop 441 met at the Fallon Theatres to help with their renovation project.
“With the Fallon Theatres on the State Historical Buildings list, I wanted to do something that would help them in their efforts,” Jamieson said. “Four boys from our troop went down to the theatre and Fallon Community Theatre board president Mike Berney showed us some projects. The project that I decided to do was remove the burlap off the walls and clean the walls so they could be painted.”
Burlap was placed over the walls when the theatre was remodeled in 1983. The Spanish motif design arches that were part of the 1930 remodeling project will be painted for a different Eagle Scout Project in upcoming weeks. Some who attended the movies and saw the arches for the first time said that the arches give the theatre a foreign country look. Jamieson shared that despite some concerns about what the lack of burlap on the walls would do to the acoustics in the theaters, the sound quality is great.
Eighteen volunteers worked under Jamieson’s direction. Members of his troop, friends and family were put to work removing and throwing out the burlap, vacuuming and then washing the walls. Dropping the burlap caused dust to scatter throughout the theatre so another group was put to work cleaning the walls and the seats.
Jamieson said he was pleased with the many volunteers and their hard work.