A while back we wrote a feature on Ken Bowman and his involvement in the Sorg Opera House, an historic theatre in Middletown, OH. To review the back story, check out the full length feature here. To summarize, the theatre was built in 1891 by Hannaford, the same architect who constructed Music Hall downtown. It has played host to numerous major performers including the Sousa Band and even operated as a movie theatre for some time but has had several bouts of vacancy including the most recent one since 2011. As a result, it has fallen into disrepair but concerned citizens, Bowman included, have taken it upon themselves to try to restore and revitalize the theatre.
In that vein, Bowman and the Sorg Revitalization Group are planning a big street party in front of the Sorg on September 12 at 7:00 pm. Music will be provided by the Bluebirds Big Band and G. Miles & The Hitmen. Food by New Orleans to Go and Texas Joe’s Tex Mex with plenty of beer and soft drinks also available. Additionally, since this is a celebration of the “rebirth” of the theatre, there will be birthday cake. Building tours will be given throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 day of) and the proceeds go toward the restoration project. For more information, check out their events page on the website here.