Sidewalk demolition

Lots of things were happening in Hoquiam today! Many of the downtown area sidewalks are being rebuilt and the 7th Street Theatre is fortunate to be part of the project. While this was going on, our ceiling restoration contractor was loading in, and our new tenant was preparing her space for her new clothing store. This is a short video of the sidewalk demo being done by Granite Construction.


New tenant coming soon

The space formerly occupied by the Sweet Shoppe is getting ready for a new tenant, Pure Clothing. Check out Jokay’s blog page. One final cleaning on Sunday and the keys will be handed over on Monday the 2nd. Welcome Pure Clothing!

Fun things that board members can do

Well, the plastering will start very soon, and as you can see — we are ready! EverGreene Architectural Arts was awarded the project, and the board is extremely confident that EverGreene will do a professional and historically accurate restoration of the ceiling. Jeff Greene, of EverGreene, was hired by the theatre earlier this year to conduct an investigation of the historic finishes in the 7th Street. Because we have met Jeff, seen his presentation, and are aware of the experienced staff, we are very pleased that EverGreene will be taking care of the theatre’s ceiling.

Ceiling update

It won’t be long before restoration of the historic atmospheric ceiling will be started. We had 28 prospective contractors come to the walk-through today and bids will be opened next week. Soon after that — the project will begin and we plan on it being completed before the end of January 2010. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates in the next few weeks.

HHS Class of 1969 Tour

Front row left to right: Andy Holt, Steve Huhta, John Pellegrini, Brian Thomas

Back row left to right: Donna Spencer Shephard, Colleen Louderback Sproul, Kim Brook Gerhardt, Sidney Heath Dudley, Rebecca Morris Luebber (Miss Grays Harbor 1969), Claire VanderLinden Lackie, Majel Furu Boudia, Jane Knudson Howard, Bobbi Brumfield Bradstreet, Delpha Schadewitz Powell, Cynthia Dobson Thomas, Cathy Lacefield, Bonnie Meeder

Lane and I were honored to give a tour to alumni from Hoquiam High School Class of 1969, who were in town for their 40th Class Reunion. Most of these people had performed in two HHS plays at the 7th Street Theatre the year they graduated — Carousel and Oklahoma. Many of them had not been in the theatre since graduation — the new exit stairs from the dressing rooms were not built then, the handicapped restroom had not been done, and the theatre was still owned by the Dolan family. What an enjoyable group! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Becky Morris performs for class tour

Here is Rebecca (Becky) Morris Luebber, Miss Grays Harbor 1969 performing for us after the HHS Class of 1969 tour. She sang People, and was absolutely wonderful!

7th Street Kids Arabian Nights

The stage sets were beautiful for this year’s 7th Street Kids musical production, Arabian Nights, which opened on July 24th and ran through July 26th, 2009. Over 50 children were in this year’s play, and numerous adult volunteers helped with every aspect of production. Would you like to view more photos of this year’s show? Keith Krueger has photos available for viewing and ordering here.

(Photo courtesy Keith Krueger)