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Seneca Falls residents launch campaign for new performing arts center

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Recognizing the increasing need for a versatile performance and event venue, a dedicated group of Seneca Falls residents are pushing for the establishment of a new performing arts center.

Bolstered by the Downtown Revitalization Funding, this group purchased the historic former House of Concern building at 35 State Street two years ago.

This landmark, which has graced the village for 150 years, is set to be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility, boasting a 185-seat theater. Additionally, the Annex, located at the rear of the building, will cater to a variety of smaller events including conferences, parties, and intimate recitals.

The campaign, titled “OPEN THE DOORS!” is set to launch with an event on Saturday, September 30, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at 35 State Street. With catering provided by the Red Brick Pub and performances by Cool Club—The Lipker Sisters, attendees will also get a chance to participate in limited building tours and a silent auction. The SFPAC board of directors has set a fundraising goal of $400,000 by next September to open the Annex, which will then generate revenue. By 2025, the focus will shift to developing the Great Hall and its theater space.

Residents and supporters are encouraged to attend the launch event to learn more about the vision behind this ambitious project and contribute to the realization of this much-needed community asset.