"A chili supper, which is our first fund-raiser, is being planned for Feb. 8 so we can raise the monies and fix the roof on the building our organization occupies," said Marie Smythe, vice president of the Hobart Arts League.
"We wanted to put a pitched roof on the building, but it was even more costly ... so we're going to settle for the flat roof design that the building has always had."Smythe
said the brick facility, formerly used as the West Hobart Civic Center
, was built shortly after World War II.It was taken over in the 1970s by the Hobart lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and then was donated to the arts league in 1992.
"Most of the members and the people we serve are senior citizens, which limits our volunteer staff and maintenance helpers," Smythe
said."We want to preserve the building and keep our classes and meetings in the central location, which serves our 100-plus members very well."Smythe
said entertainment for the community benefit at the League building at 3850 Howard St. will be nationally known bluegrass musician Acie Cargill and the Dixie River Band.Half Day Bluegrass also will perform, and open mike sessions will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
The cover charge is $2 for non-musicians.
"If this fund-raiser is a success, we'll probably be planning on having one every year, and maybe even another one this year," Smythe
For more information, contact Smythe
at (219) 942-0065.