10 Years at Tannery Pond

Construction begins on the Tannery Pond Community Center.

Construction begins on the Tannery Pond Community Center. Photo provided

— A double vestibule entrance helps to make the building energy efficient by keeping out cold winter winds. But that is just the beginning; the whole building is a thermally efficient envelope. The building is primarily heated and cooled by six (550 foot) geothermal wells. Pumps draw fluid down a closed system to heat or cool that liquid to the 52 degrees in the wells. The fluid is then drawn through 13,000 feet of piping in the floor and over two miles of piping in the closed geothermal energy system. Heating and air conditioning is controlled by a sophisticated computer system which can be programmed for planned events months in advance.

Yes, traffic was disrupted for a time on Main Street during construction, but there were easy work-arounds and it helped that Warren County decided to replace the bridge over the North Creek stream at that time. Their closing the road made work on Tannery Pond that much easier. Day by day, we all watched the building going up, curious and excited.

Although the Widlunds wrote the big checks during construction, many in the community wanted to help, too. The North Creek Rotary donated $5,000 towards the stage lighting and sound equipment. The local Stewarts and Citizens Communications each added $500 and Niagara Mohawk tossed in $275. The Our Town Theatre Group raised $10,000 for the theater curtains. Local contributions to the “Buy a Seat” program helped pay for the 131 telescoping theater seats. The Johnsburg Historical Society raffled off a quilt by Betty Walp to raise money to restore and preserve the historic O’Keefe Opera House stage curtain that is now part of the permanent exhibit in the Tannery Pond Gallery. Antique furnishings were donated by Terry Ainslie and Jane Klippel and the library and bank donated meeting tables and office furniture.

Next week: Live Theater

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