Oldcastle and Downtown
January 1, 2015
Recently, during a nostalgic visit
to Bennington Rotary Club, I heard
Oldcastle Theatre mentioned three
times. The first was by me -
thanking the club of its support of
the new hearing assist system for
The other two, however, were
parents and grandparents talking
about school-related programs at
Oldcastle. This is a sign that the
building is increasingly used for a
range of activities. There are, of
course, the plays from early
summer to mid-fall. But there are
also concerts, readings, opera,
student plays and variety programs
like the WBTN Holiday Show.
On evenings when Oldcastle is
open it's a bright spot on Main St.
well after the folks at Madisons'
have gone home for the night.
With the building lit up and cars
lining the street from Washington
to South Sts. and in parking lots,
it's a sign of what the arts bring to
This is not just about Oldcastle.
Restaurants and inns have
cooperative relationships with
Oldcastle. With two-thirds of our
audiences coming from outside of
town we bring people to town that
shop, dine and sometimes spend
the night here. The potential for an
arts district could lead to even
stronger connections. With three
galleries plus Jay's on the same
block or across the street, the Owls
Nest and Katie Cleaver nearby, the
arts are contributing to our local
So, thank you Rotary for your
generous support for Oldcastle. It
has a ripple effect that's good for
the entire community.
Author: Chuck Putney
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