Digging for gold
During the California gold rush of 1849, people were hoping to strike it rich! They went into the mountains, started digging, hoping to find gold in ‘dem hills! Those without maps, studied the land and followed rivers, hoping. But if you had a plan, a process, a map, some ingenuity, discipline, and commitment you could reap the benefits of your labors
Gratitude, Generosity, Gifts...
SURPRISE - I was taken by surprise when looking out the kitchen window and saw a Cooper’s Hawk near our birdfeeder. The weird part was our Siamese cat was sitting on the porch meowing to get in the house. The hawk was aware of the cat, but not disturbed by the situation! So as 2021 comes to an end, our Board of Directors are aware of the cancelled rentals and concerts, but .......
Life is like a box of chocolates
In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest states that his momma once told him “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!” As the pandemic unfolds, the opera house has encountered some good and not-so-good experiences, just like picking a chocolate. Will it be nutty, fruity, creamy, dark or milk chocolate? Forrest found himself in some unique situations with unexpected challenges – a lot like covid. That box of chocolates is a gift to be savored!
Missing Puzzle Pieces
storms don't last forever
My life was rewritten by a F5 tornado that demolished everything I knew and owned, totally. At ten years old, I had no house, no school, no church, no clothes & no toys! The rug was pulled out from under my feet, and I learned to fly! I had family & my own creativity! It was a magical summer of exploring and learning.
Covid, the storms blew in like a tornado, swirled for months like a hurricane, destroying what we knew & did at the Corning Opera House;
Moana Jr, our youth musical was a huge success in many ways. As I watched the show take shape during rehearsals, I was awestruck! When an eighth grader has the patience to help a second grader find their spot; when one spills water, another cleans it up; when friendships are formed with people from other communities; when an actor asks for suggestions from the director after a rehearsal to better themselves; when confidence blossoms in a child; when respect is given for each other; when actors faces light up with joy for a job well done, and the list of positive experiences makes being a part of the arts very rewarding and worthwhile. Hidden gems!
Executive Director since 2012; Bachelors in Music Education; Master's in Education; enjoys smiles