Rally ’round the Palace!

I LOVE the Historic Lockport Palace Theatre! It is a jewel in Eastern Niagara County that brings wonderful entertainment to families, at affordable prices. I had the pleasure of volunteering in the box office for about eight months (and when the gas prices go down I hope to return) and the people behind the Palace work tirelessly to keep it going. The beautifully restored building has lots of needs that get taken care of one at a time…when there is money. They recently put in a new heating/air-conditioning unit to be more efficient and cost and eco friendly. The all-volunteer board is constantly looking for grants or other sources of money. Right now they have a huge opportunity to get a big check, but only if the community steps up to show support first. One of the best features of our Palace is that the spacious seating allows those with handicaps or old bones easy access (which I really appreciate) but the rest rooms need some serious revamping to be accessible. I know that’s one of the many projects on the “Wish List” and you could make it happen. All the folks you see at work, in the box office, as ushers, in the concession stand, etc. are volunteers. They need more of them. If you don’t have money to give, give of your time! It’s exciting to be a part of the royal family at the Palace! Here is the info on the upcoming Palace benefit (a fun time last year). If you can’t attend, consider a donation or go see a show! Tonight is the last performance of the classic “West Side Story!”

Help the Palace raise $60,000!

The Kenan Foundation will award the Palace Theatre $75,000 in December 2008 if the Palace is able to raise $60,000 by that time. We are having a series of events to meet that goal. This is the first event of the series!

“Picnic at the Palace”

Saturday, July 26 3-8 p.m.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbeque ($8 includes strawberry shortcake)

Free under the marquee:

“Flyin’ Blind” at 3 p.m.

Lockport Community Band at 6 p.m.

Bring your lounge chairs and relax on the closed off Main Street. There will be a free bounce house, a basket raffle and beer, wine and pop will be for sale.

Visit www.lockportpalacetheatre.com or call 438-1130 for more information. Be a part of history!

What’s in store on the Sunny Side?

Having a blog is a new experience, although I have come to realize and respect the power and scope of the internet. As long as we have this space, let’s make use of it to share ideas, needs and suggestions. Being able to click on a category will help you wade through my lengthy entries to find what interests you! There is aready a categoty for “Relay For Life 2008” and for “Coming Events.”

I also added a “Wish List” for things people might be looking for. That could be silver spoons for the Tea Ladies, a long-lost recipe, tents for the Relay or a place to donate usable clothes, toys or electronics. Keep in mind, the classifieds ads are for selling your stuff. I am interested in helping you share; to give away things you may not need but others would use or cherish. Our landfills are piled high with useful things because we are a throw-away society. Let’s help each other, and help our own little corner of the planet!

I am adding “Volunteers Needed” to the list, so readers can see if there’s a place they can offer their time and talents. I hope organizations or events in need of volunteers will log in and let people know how they can help. It may be a one-day event like a canal clean-up or a longer connection, but don’t let fear of long term commitment keep you from giving a few hours of your time! If every person in the community donated just a few hours a month, or one day a year, imagine what we could accomplish!

One other category I’d like to open is “Easy Access.” I am painfully aware everyday of places that are not wheelchair or walker friendly. Although businesses must meet certain “codes” it doesn’t really tell the story of how easy it is to get around. I only shop at WalMart because the electric cart and helpful associates are a blessing! The Barker Diner has no stairs, no ramps, open space and a huge bathroom that allows wheels and assistance if needed. That’s a real plus when you want to stop for a relaxed meal. I’m sure those of you with limitations have found easy access spots to dine and visit and it would be wonderful if you would share them with others! Remember, this is a good news place so negative input will be blocked.

If you have another idea for ways we can make “Sunny Side Up” a bulletin board for blessings, just log on and let me know. It’s your place as much as mine!

Have a beautiful day!