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Goal 4 Updates

8.27.15 Jeff, Paul and John met with Jason Wiles of Wiles Electronics at the CC to assess sound system/visuals needs. Jason will email pricing for good-better-best scenarios in a few weeks.
Crawford Productions Sound Quote

Joyce brought the idea of the Christmas House Tour to the Emlenton Civic Club and they are not interested in doing it. The sound system at the Crawford Center is owned by the Civic Club and they have said that they do not want to continue with it. You should call Tina Zychowski (724-867-0191). She is the person who is in charge of the sound system.

8.28.15 Increased Cultural Events: The Beatles Tribute Band, which was a huge success in 2014, will return to the CC, Nov. 14 at 7 PM, brought to the community by Barry Louise. It is Barry’s wish that proceeds be evenly split between the Emlenton VFD and the Blueprint Goal# 4 Committee, specifically for CC AC, sound and stage improvements.

Goal 4 Meeting – 8.24.15

Updates posted here.


 

In Attendance: Richard & Barbara Carr, Sherry Dreher, Paul Newbury, Jeff Powell, Lori Russell, John & Kathy Soroka

The Committee reviewed items from the 5.18.15 meeting, noting projects that have been completed or are in progress.

Pumping Jack Museum: To gain visibility, promote awareness and increase visitation:

  • Use three display cases in Crawford Center hallway – Completed
  • Paul Newbury offered window display space in the ‘Antiques’ building – In Progress
  • John Dreher offered window display space at the drugstore – In Progress
  • Greater use of electronic media: FB, Blog, website activity. Facebook is now active. Previous newsletter material can be used for a blog and on website. Website needs to be regularly updated.
  • Tri-fold displays at Berry’s Canoe Livery and other Emlenton and Foxburg locations – Further discussion included using existing PR materials and getting them distributed.
  • Investigate adding old one-room schoolhouses that have become private residences to museum’s literature (walking/driving tour) – Further discussion
  • Museum’s postcard book is in production – Include Facebook logo, address and website address

Emlenton Mill: Site has been cleaned; no new development plans yet

Emlenton Jail: This has possibilities. Richard relayed that there may be some funds ($400+) remaining from a Columbia Gas grant to further clean-up/repair work.

Christmas House Tour : Joyce will introduce idea of a future Xmas House Tour to the Emlenton Civic Club with the understanding that this will be a three-community event. – Awaiting update.

Showboat’: This was an annual local talent/entertainment show that once packed the Crawford Center. Usually held in late March. Jeff Powell will begin preliminary inquiries to see if it can be revived, adding another cultural event to the region. Proceeds from ticket sales could possibly be used to fund other Goal 4 activities. – Preliminary inquiries have begun.

Crawford Center Infrastructure: The largest auditorium in the immediate region based on seating capacity. A new committee had already been formed to address serious infrastructure needs. The members are: Glenn Cochran (ORA), Nancy Marano, Paul Newbury, Jeff Powell, Lori Russell, John & Kathy Soroka. A grant to fund air-conditioning purchase/installation is in process. Paul, Jeff and John are beginning meetings with stage tech (lighting, curtains) and sound system providers to assess needs and receive estimates. Once estimates are in hand, funding will be sought through private and public channels. It was recommended and is highly desirable to have this group become a sub-committee of Goal #4.

Increased Cultural Activities: While not an official part of Blueprint Goal 4 efforts, it is interesting to note increased activities: The “Legacy” play by Julie Powell at the Crawford Center; a voice recital/performance by regional students of Kathy Soroka and Kathy herself; the First Annual Beer/Wine Festival in October in Emlenton.

Goal 4 Meeting – 5.18.15

Pumping Jack Museum – Joyce Beikert reported that the museum Board is not receptive to any thought of moving the collection to a Main Street location. To gain visibility, promote awareness and increase visitation, new ideas were introduced:

  • Use three display cases in Crawford Center hallway
  • Paul Newbury offered window display space in the ‘Antiques’ building
  • John Dreher offered window display space at the drugstore
  • Greater use of electronic media: FB, Blog, website activity, etc.
  • Tri-fold displays at Berry’s Canoe Livery and other Emlenton and Foxburg locations.
  • Investigate adding old one-room schoolhouses that have become private residences to museum’s literature (walking/driving tour)
  • Museum’s postcard book is in production

Emlenton Mill – Paul reported that the Newbury’s are awaiting DEP approval for asbestos removal before any clean-up can happen. Once the site is cleared, architects can determine what construction possibilities exist.

Emlenton Jail – John will connect with Nancy Marano to investigate this as a possible tourism site.

Christmas House Tour – Joyce will introduce idea of a future Xmas House Tour to the Emlenton Civic Club with the understanding that this will be a three-community event.

‘Showboat’ – This was an annual local talent/entertainment show that once packed the Crawford Center. Usually held in late March. Jeff Powell will begin preliminary inquiries to see if it can be revived, adding another cultural event to the region. Proceeds from ticket sales could possibly be used to fund other Goal 4 activities.

Goal 4 Meeting – 3.20.15

From the Strategic Plan:

Goal #4: Enhance / Promote Art, Culture and Heritage

Outcome 1: Increase Promotion of Arts, Culture in the AC Valley Region

Outcome 2: Increase the number of historic sites that reflect our heritage

Outcome 3: Increase the number of Cultural Events offered Annually

Five-year Objective related to this Goal:

A. Develop a new promotional piece focusing on the Arts, Culture and Heritage of the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley Region. Distribute this in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Erie/Buffalo Markets.

The consensus of the committee was that this approach would not be the most effective way to go:

  1. The cultural organizations in the region see very few visitors from these markets. This is impractical and we cannot compete with these larger markets on culture alone.
  2. The committee agrees that the main driver for visitation and capturing people to explore cultural amenities is the completion of the missing Allegheny River Trail link between Emlenton and Foxburg.
  3. A suggestion was made to explore having the major regional papers shift their event listings from date-specific to location specific; i.e. ACRVR (Allegheny-Clarion River Valley Region), Oil City, Franklin, etc.

B. Develop a new venue that reflects the region’s heritage

  1. Pumping Jack Museum – will its Board consider seeking funding to purchase a new ‘Main Street’ location both for ease of access and expansion? Some answer to this in April. If so, who will help them proceed? Use this new venue also to display historical items of interest related to Foxburg and Parker.
    Advantage:  Museum is already established 501c3.
  2. Emlenton Mill site – future use – Newbury’s vision is music-oriented (outdoor concert venue)
  3. Develop Emlenton Jail Cell as a tourist site.

C. Increase attendance at cultural events. Develop a lecture series to compliment concert performances.

  1. The committee was unanimous in suggesting that the $5000 be used to create an ACRVR website with an identity system (branding logo) and cultural blog.
  2. Explore having the entire ACRVR become designated as a part of the PA Wilds to take advantage of their promotional efforts.
  3. Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts does not have the capacity to expand offerings. Increasing attendance can be helped by local participation in attending and helping spread the word through social media/email.

Suggestion for revitalizing “Christmas in Oil Country”-type house tours, dinner theaters, or dramas based on local historical figures.

Attendees urged to list established cultural events in the surrounding area (perhaps not well advertised) to compile at next meeting so we can determine needs.

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