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Friday, February 10, 2012

Hayes Performing Arts Center (Blowing Rock Cultural Arts Center) foreclosed?

The Former Hayes Performing Arts Center, currently operating as the Blowing Rock Cultural Arts Center, is being forced to close, effective immediately.  The sad news for Blowing Rock came in a release from the board that has tried to keep the theater alive.
Full Press Release is available at GoBlueRidge.net

We will miss attending
the many fine events at this venue. It's unfortunate that the combination of private donations and ticket sales weren't enough to cover the operating costs. Perhaps it's time for Boone to take another look at investing millions of taxpayer dollars into renovating it's newly purchased downtown theatre....

Oh wait...never mind - that's TAXPAYER dollars so it doesn't matter!


Boone's downtown "investment"....click here

34 comments:

guy faulkes said...

I,too, will miss the venue. I guess it will be back to the Barter Theater.

This is a shame that might have been avoided if the Town had not forced the building to be so elaborate on the exterior in order to get its permits.

To give the Devil it's due, at least the town council did not obligate the taxpayers to be responsible for paying for the building and land. They instead gave donations to the project.

G.I.G said...

I noticed in the Democrat article about the taxpayer owned theater,the town was clear to say how they would soundproof the building on our nickle.

Seems funny they make a new noise ordnance that will more or less ban music in privately owned business, but the taxpayer owned one will be able to have music.

How no one has brought this up yet in public is beyond me it has been an obvious plan since the theater was bought.

Mike D. said...

Although I am generally opposed to taxpayer money being spent unnecessarily, the concept of taxpayer supported cultural events predates our modern society by at least 25 centuries. Here is one such example, from Wikipedia:

"The Theater of Dionysus in its present general state dates largely to the period of the Athenian statesman Lycurgus (ca. 390-325/4 BCE), who, as overseer of the city's finances and building program, refurbished the theater in stone in monumental form. The fourth century theater had a permanent stage extending in front of the orchestra and a three-tiered seating area (theatron) that stretched up the slope."

NewGuy said...

Mike D., I have mixed emotions on civic subsidizing of the arts as well...I am not, in general, opposed to taxpayer funding of some cultural venues; museums, zoos, yes- even performing arts centers.

But, let's keep in mind here that the theatre this will be replacing has gone broke twice. The Dragonfly theatre, which was intended as a dual purpose movie theatre/music venue, also went broke twice. The Movie theatre near the wellness center went out of business - and now, the Blowing Rock Hayes Center has gone under as well.

With Farthing auditorium a few blocks away from the new Boone theater, and with other venues available on campus, PLUS the several downtown locations currently featuring live music, the need for a new facility of this type is questionable.

It's just the Boone Town Council acting like the Little Rascals again - they want to have a theater to play with. You know, "Let's put on a show! We can use my uncles barn and my mom will make the costumes! It'll be GREAT!"

Mike D. said...

NewGuy,

I hear you, and I am sympathetic to the general concept of disapproval for wasteful spending. At the same time, though, I appreciate the dedication to the arts which has developed in Boone. Ultimately, it has developed because of the university. Other mountain towns in the area have not supported the arts, and as such, they do not have the opportunity to see Ron White, Lewis Black, Charlie Daniels, the Eastern Festival Orchestra, the Russian Ballet, etc.

Community theater is another expression of that community dedication to the arts. I have numerous local friends who participate in events on campus and at the Ashe County Little Theater, as actors, musicians, and dancers. They are not paid for their participation, and you might not realize how much time and work they put in to make these events happen. Try driving backing forth from Boone to West Jefferson 4 nights a week and working for three hours per night for 3 1/2 months! That's 14 weeks times 12 hours per week, or 168 hours per person, not to mention the gas purchases required to drive to and from West Jefferson 56 times!

So to me, this is not a taxpayer funded operation. It is a venue, owned by the town (as towns have owned since at least 600 B.C.) in which private individuals donate massive quantities of time, work, and money to create works of art for the rest of us to enjoy.

I bring all this up because this is exactly the type of thread which may descend into an anti-Marxist rant, and this pre-dates Marx by at least 2500 years. It is a basic and central pillar of Western civilization and society, and it brings people together for something worthwhile.

Johnny Rico said...

Rainsford (spoken with english accest),

My suspicions confirmed. Mike D would rather have a fu fu designer coffee drinking theatre town rather than the type of town that attracted people here in the first place. How about a farmer's hardware, gun shop, greasy corner, burger hut and a few motor lodges. Those seemed to draw folks to the region for many, many years. Your "arts is the solution" for everything is frightening.

Black Mountain, Ashville, Blowing Rock, Highlands, and Cashiers have underwent similar transformations which equates, and you liberals hate to admit it, to running the local out. I'm surprised the term "gentrification" isn't being thrown around yet.

There was a reason dunces like you came here. Whatever those reasons were were never manifest in poetry reading at hippie coffee shops or taxpayer funded theatres. Remember that before you climb on that high, high horse.

Move to Black Mountain and leave Boone alone. We did just fine without your outsiders for 150 years. If an "arts" theatre can exist here without using my hard earned taxpayer money, great. Go and enjoy yourself (be sure to button up the butterfly collar and don't let the bell bottoms drag). I would love a gun shop downtown Boone.

On guaard Rainsford!!!!

Johnny Rico said...

Rainsford,

Are you pissed yet? Can't WAIT for a reply. How about addressing my post on another thread regarding gun education in schools. LOL!

This ought to be interesting.....

Wolf's Head said...

Mike D. how stupid.

There were lots of things done by gov'ts in the past 25 centuries that are best gone.

That's why we had a Revolution, to end the forced taking of our wealth for someone else's benefit.

If you, the Town Council or anyone else wants a theater then fine, go ahead and pay for it yourselves. Don't ask the rest of us to fund your passions.

Sarkazein said...

Amen!

Johnny Rico said...

The very laws espoused by liberals are the same laws that caused the Hays Performing Arts Center to go under. Blowing Rock, in an effort to run locals out, has enacted building codes and rules that drive the expense of building sky-hi. The Hays Center cost over a million to build. Had they built something more humble, like the old school auditorium where they were first located, then perhaps they might still be putting on plays.

But no, the town of Blowing Rock insisted they build an opulant, very expensive structure that conformed to the re-engineering of a once liveable small town.

And now the liberal socialists wonder why the theatre can't sustain itself. I am actually glad the Hays Center went under. Perhaps, and I mildly doubt it, the liberals will realize the error of their own ways. Don't make stupid rules that will hurt business you dolts!

Has anyone eaten at Knight's on Main in Blowing Rock? Here's another classic case of overzealous rulemaking hurting business and growth. Knights was doing a thriving business until the Town of Blowing Rock nearly ruined them. Last year town councilmen Albert Yount, Jim Steele, and Doug Matheson voted to restrict parking on Hill Street next to Knights on Main. Never mind people had parked on Hill Street for over a hundred years with no problems. The results devastated Knights.

With fewer customers, Knights was forced to close for dinner and does less breakfast and lunch due to less parking. The Town Council of Blowing Rock went after this local business with a vengence during one of the worst recessions of our nation's history!

No wonder the Hay's Center went out of business! The only construction and building going on these days are taxpayer sponsered. While Knight's on Main is on the ropes, Blowing Rock, with taxpayer money, is busy building museums, parking decks and other uneeded projects.

Most of the old time locals in Blowing Rock are gone. They can't stand oppressive government. The new crowd, mostly liberals, claim Blowing Rock to be "Mitford" after the Jan Keron novels. Old time locals know that Mitford disappeared with the locals.

guy faulkes said...

MikeD, the problem I see with your example is that it is in all probability an example of the people being bougth off from consideration of civil problems with bread and ciruses.

Johnny Rico said...

Rainsford,

You've been smacked silly. No comment eh? LOL!

Wolf's Head said...

Mike D, here's a nice article on what your idea of gov't taxing and spending to better people's lives comes to:

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9SS18000&show_article=1

Headline: Riots spread across Athens, buildings in flames

We will have riots here as well, either from "austerity measures" (which coming from our gov't is a joke) or hyper inflation and riots over food and fuel costs. Take your pick.

As Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is that you run out of other peoples money.

Mike D. said...

"The term "society" came from the Latin word societas, which in turn was derived from the noun socius ("comrade, friend, ally"; adjectival form socialis) used to describe a bond or interaction among parties that are friendly, or at least civil." - Wikipedia

Throughout history, publicly owned spaces have been part of advanced cultures. From Carthage to Athens to Rome to Vienna to St. Petersburg to London, societal centers have recognized the value of bringing people together. The most common places for such convergence have been theaters, stadiums (or stadia), and parks/gardens.

It seems to me as though some people may believe that in order to be deemed politically conservative, one must cast off any interest in society based around anything other than money, which is a bit ironic, considering Johnny Rico's statement about small businesses.

"How about a farmer's hardware, gun shop, greasy corner, burger hut and a few motor lodges." - Rico

Rico, what has damaged that small town atmosphere is not the arts. It is consumers' proclivity to gravitate toward big box stores. How many people do you know who are just aching for the opportunity to go buy cheap, made-in-China garbage from a Target in Boone? And I support their right to wish for such an awful thing. A free market economy has provided me the freedom to choose not to spend my dollars at these box stores.

I really don't have a problem with a town wishing to open a park that provides open use to the community, or a theater or stadium for that matter. If you can't handle the basic idea that towns are going to own common space, then you are not a conservative. You're an anarchist, or worse yet, a Texas landowner in his sixties! :-P

Sarkazein said...

So what does the semi-liberal think about multi-million dollar stadiums built with funds guaranteed by the taxpayer? Just seeing if there is a line you draw.

Mike D. said...

Sark,

Do you mean stadiums like the ones where teams like the Longhorns, Aggies, Cornhuskers, Buckeyes, Razorbacks, Seminoles, Gators, Bulldogs, Gamecocks, Sooners, Wolverines, Sun Devils, Golden Gophers, Trojans, Nittany Lions, Badgers, Mountaineers and many, many more play? Yeah, I do not have a problem with them.

Is my love of college football one of the things that makes you feel the need to find a political label which will help your steel trap of a mind feel safe when talking to me?

Hey, I think I hear a biology teacher picking a blade of grass from your property. You should go shoot him before people start thinking Texans are getting soft! :-)

guy faulkes said...

MIkeD, there is absolutely nothing that would prevent you from contributing to a park, a theater, a museum or anything else you support. My problem is that you want to force me to support it even if I do not approve of it.

And by the way do you approve of the biology teacher trespassing on Sark's property an stealing it? Where do you draw the lien and why do you get to do so instead of Sark?

Mike D. said...

"And by the way do you approve of the biology teacher trespassing on Sark's property?" - Guy

I don't have to approve or disapprove of the biologist's behavior. Sark lacks decency towards his fellow man, and that is the direction of my remark. One person's misstep does not condone another's indecency. I have only my own life and my own property within my direct control, and as such, I can tell you that I would welcome the biologist and I would likely learn about what he was studying.

I hope this answer works for you.

"Where do you draw the lien(sic) and why do you get to do so instead of Sark?" - Guy

We spend so much time talking about the Second Amendment here, I think sometimes we forget about the First! I draw no line, but I choose to exercise my right to speak out about the attitudes of others toward their fellow man. I will be the first to invite you to skip ahead of me in line at the store if you only have a couple items, but I will also be the first to publicly humiliate you if I see you barge in line in front of a helpless little old lady.

I also choose to suggest that advanced societies throughout history have understood that promoting cultural and social interaction greatly enhances that society's success and longevity.

guy faulkes said...

I would very much take exception to your comment about Sark lacking decency towards his fellow man. He and I do not agree on several things, the most notable being supporting any Republican even if it is Romney, but that does not mean either of us lack decency.

Why do you think Sark should welcome the biologist just because you would? You are talking about his land so it is his decision. This has nothing to do with decency, only opinions about what you would allow on your property.

I think it is rather arrogant of you to make a judgment on another's decency, even if they have made one about you. I add this caveat because LPOV provoked me into doing so when talking about him, so I am equally guilty.

I am not talking about his support of pedophilia, terrorism , or ignoring the rule of law because all of that was true. However, I should have refrained from calling him a dolt, no matter how richly he deserved it.

Where in the Constitution does it say you can steal my money by taxing me and use it for what you consider a cultural asset? It may be that I do not share your opinion of what consists of a cultural asset.

If you wish to do so, feel free to contribute to whatever cause or entity you desire. Do not try to force me to do the same. You can ask, but not force.

Mike D. said...

Guy,

Point taken. Perhaps I have been suckered in! It does strike my fancy that you equated Sark and POV (however innocent and unintentional it may have been). ;-)

I do have a question for you since I have answered a few from my end. Why, do you think, so many societies over the centuries have bought into (with taxpayer money) zoos, art and natural history museums, sports arenas, theaters, parks, gardens, etc.?

Sarkazein said...

MikeD- "The University of Texas Athletics Development: Honoring the past and providing for the future

Investing in the future of a student-athlete at The University of Texas symbolizes your commitment to ensuring that The University continues to be one of the premier academic and athletic institutions in the nation. The dollars you provide are ultimately an investment in young people whose talent, determination and dedication have placed them at the top as the ambassadors of today and leaders of tomorrow.

As a self-supporting UT auxiliary, UT Athletics receives no state funds. The success of UT Athletics can be attributed in large part to our donors who understand that dividends are paid to the school and community through pride and exposure of maintaining a successful program. Since funding is solely raised from private contributions it is necessary for the Athletics Department to raise funds in a variety of ways. In order to accomplish the necessary flexibility to contribute, the Development Office for The University of Texas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of two areas of giving: Major Gifts/Planned Giving and Annual Giving.

If you are interested in donating toThe Longhorn Foundation, please call 512-471-4439."-Reality

Sarkazein said...

MikeD in typical liberal-- excuse me -- typical semi-liberal fashion, equates decency toward his fellowman as money taken away from one man and given to another or another's entertainment interests.
Certainly, MikeD, you can see where this frivolity with tax money has gotten us. No?

Sarkazein said...

MikeD innocently asks- "Why, do you think, so many societies over the centuries have bought into (with taxpayer money) zoos, art and natural history museums, sports arenas, theaters, parks, gardens, etc.?"

Is this including the Roman Empire, broke European countries, Greece, the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Californians?

Again, is there no line a liberal can draw?

General Zarrof said...

Rainsford,

We had "meeting places" once before. Take the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Blowing Rock. Is that a meeting place? The answer is no, but it once was. The old gas station in that location boasted a pot belly wood stove. In the evenings during the week and Saturdsays quite a few locals sat around the stove and made the community stronger.

Fast forward to the liberal socialist utopia you idiots want so badly. A state sponsored theatre for people to "meet" and be force fed politically correct "performances"? No thanks,

Let me ask you, would folks be able to carry weapons into these faux arts theatres? LOL! Not quite the free meeting place you first described is it? Would folks be able to take a swig of homemade liquour at such a place? Not quite the free meeting place you first described is it? Would it seem odd for folks to wear dirty work clothes to the faux theatre after a hard days work? Not quite the free meeting place you first described is it? Tough questions for a liberal socialist sheep such as yourself.

Folks used to have a place to meet, actually several of them. Places where political correctness and government had no reach. Those places exist no more due to government regulation. The pot belly stove is against code now so that's out. In fact, when is the last time you saw a gas station and garage in the same building? A gas station must pass so many strict environemental assessments, that mom and pop stations don't have a chance. You idiots who claim to hate corporate America, sure don't seem sorry when mom and pop go out of business. YOU idiots made the rules that did it to them.

And now you want to use my hard earned money to open a "theatre" to force feed state sponsored performances to us all? Amazing, sad, and not surprising.

Rainsford, your an idiot and a communist.

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

This ought to be interesting......

On guaaard Rainsford.

guy faulkes said...

MikeD, I did not compare Sark to LPOV. I compared myself to you and found us both wanting in good manners. Nowhere did I equate Sark and LPOV.

I will now answer your question: "I do have a question for you since I have answered a few from my end. Why, do you think, so many societies over the centuries have bought into (with taxpayer money) zoos, art and natural history museums, sports arenas, theaters, parks, gardens, etc.?" with a statement I have made before.

They do it in many instances to distract the public from other matters that would lead to political controversy. It is called give them bread and circuses. In the rest of the instances it is a politician imposing his beliefs on the general populace through the political process.

Johnny Rico said...

The idiot Yack says you post national level threads. Funny, he was unable to comment on this thread which is local. He knew he didn't stand a chance. He did what liberals do when they can't mount an arguement - run.

Speaking of running, are you still around Rainsford. I hope so old chap!

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

Johnny Rico said...

I actually capped on corporate America in this blog and not a peep from liberals. Idiots.

Sarkazein said...

THIS is what happens to all federally funded good intentions

Mike D. said...

"Fast forward to the liberal socialist utopia you idiots want so badly. A state sponsored theatre for people to "meet" and be force fed politically correct "performances"?" - Johnny Rico

Rico, have you ever actually been to the Ashe County Little Theater? Past performances include "Oliver!", "The King and I", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "The Sound of Music", "Camelot", "The Fantasticks", "The Music Man" and more.

These are hardly the nouveau-radical type exhibitions your words conjure. To hear you talk, when the theater opens, we can expect to see live abortions performed on American flags, masquerading as art.

You might want to spend a little more time inside a theater and a little less time inside your own brain. :-)

Mike D. said...

"Fast forward to the liberal socialist utopia you idiots want so badly. A state sponsored theatre for people to "meet" and be force fed politically correct "performances"?" - Johnny Rico

Rico, have you ever actually been to the Ashe County Little Theater? Past performances include "Oliver!", "The King and I", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "The Sound of Music", "Camelot", "The Fantasticks", "The Music Man" and more.

These are hardly the nouveau-radical type exhibitions your words conjure. To hear you talk, when the theater opens, we can expect to see live abortions performed on American flags, masquerading as art.

You might want to spend a little more time inside a theater and a little less time inside your own brain. :-)

Anonymous said...

Is the Ashe County Little Theatre taxpayer funded?

guy faulkes said...

No comments on my reply, MikeD?

What kind of person gets his opinions from attending a theater instead of figuring them out in his brain? Granted, he may use input from the performance to form an opinion, but why would you blindly follow the opinion of a play write, director, or actor? As there are conservative plays as well as liberal plays, what is your point?

Mike D. said...

"What kind of person gets his opinions from attending a theater" - Guy

I really don't know. Perhaps you should ask Rico. It seems to be a major concern of his.

guy faulkes said...

Where did your comment come from, MikeD?

Rico has been on the other side of the debate from where your statement puts her.

Care to address the issue of bread and circuses?