STONINGTON – Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House (OHA) is excited to announce the launch, on the evening of Aug. 12, of a new public art installation: Inside Out & After Dark, a series of giant historic projections on the 30’x40’ harbor face of the Stonington Opera House, in celebration of its centennial. The projections, created by East Blue Hill filmmaker Veronica Young with materials from the collection of Opera House Arts, the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Penobscot Marine Museum, will, starting at dusk each night from Aug. 12-24, treat community members and visitors to free, outdoor, historic images of Stonington and its Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, between 1912 and 2012. The project’s goal is to draw attention to the community and Main Street significance of the 100-year-old Stonington Opera House, and the creativity it has and continues to house.
“As we were considering ways to celebrate the centenary of our beloved Stonington Opera House, I realized we could honor the building by ‘turning the inside out’ and projecting its history on the building itself,” said Young. “I was inspired in part by last year’s guerilla actions of students who retaliated against the Maine governor’s removal of a politically potent mural from the Department of Labor lobby by projecting its image on the exterior of an Augusta government building.”
BRANSON, Mo. - As the southwest Missouri tourist mecca of Branson prepares to celebrate its centennial, organizers can’t help but notice that disaster binds the city of today with the city of 100 years ago.
The EF-2 tornado that struck Feb. 29 brought winds of up to 130 mph as it hopped along the Branson Strip. The storm damaged about four dozen commercial structures, including six of the town’s 50 theaters and 22 of its 200 hotels and motels.
It turns out that just months after the city was incorporated on April 1, 1912, a fire destroyed much of its downtown. According to the centennial website, the city did not have a fire department.
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