The Historic Masonic Theatre--the heart of the Alleghany Highlands Community !
SAVE THE MASONIC FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN All donations appreciated!
In 1905 the leaders of the Alleghany Highlands community embarked upon an endeavor that involved risk but realized a vision. That vision yielded something much more than what is arguably the most architecturally significant building in the Alleghany Highlands, because the Masonic Theatre is not just a grand remnant from the Highlands’ prominent past, it is the place where generations in this community have stepped off of Main Street and onto Broadway Street, and where an Alleghany Highlands family could see Roy Rogers ride Trigger before their very eyes or spend an evening with Count Basie and his Orchestra. This is the place where many met for a date, and some met for a lifetime. Indeed, the Masonic Theatre represents the heart of the community.
Below, interior rendering of future restored Historic Masonic Theatre. Rendering courtesy of Commonwealth Architects.
The TRAVELING RED THEATRE SEAT--COMING TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU! TRY OUT THE SEAT AND PICK UP A BROCHURE THAT WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE SAVE THE MASONIC RESTORATION EFFORTS.
February 24, 2014--see the Traveling Red Theatre Seat at the Clifton Forge Public Library--check out this prototype Theatre seat made by the same company that produced the original seats for the Historic Masonic in 1905!!!
Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, March 1-March 9
SONA BANK, March 10-March 15
Heirlooms, March 16
Charles P. Jones Memorial Library, Covington, March 24
Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, March 31
Club Car, April 7
Highlands Community Bank (CF), April 14
C&O Depot Covington, April 21
C&O Heritage Center (CF), April 28 * also June 7-8
Cat & Owl Restaurant, Low Moor, May 6
YMCA, May 12
Highlands Community Bank, Covington, May 19
Vintage Bouquet, Covington, May 26
Clifton Forge School of the Arts, May 31
C&O Heritage Center (CF) June 7&8
Club Car, June 9
Douthat State Park, Registration Office, June 16-23
Moody Carpenter, July
Cafe Michele, July 9
November, 2012 Thank you Alleghany Foundation for your generous grant of 1.5 million dollars for the restoration of the Historic Masonic Theatre. This grant is a step toward the revitilization of a Highlands landmark. Additional fundraising will be needed to fully recognize the dream but this grant from the Alleghany Foundation is a huge step forward in "Saving the Masonic".
"Save the Masonic" Community Campaign Launched, Summer 2012. Alleghany Highlands Community comes together to restore a beloved historic landmark.
"The Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation's mission-to restore the most grand building in our community, and it is indeed the heart of our community. Our organization formed because we felt that it would be an absolute travesty if we lose this asset, and as time continues to pass, the building continues to deteriorate. In this case, things do not improve with age. We have and will continue to do everything that we can to avoid that result." Meade Snyder, vice president, Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation, June 2012
Make your contributions to Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation, Box 119, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Check out Community Support page to see names of people and organizations who have contributed.
The Historic Masonic Theatre as seen today, waiting for its restoration!
Rendering of exterior of future renovated Historic Masonic