Hope PACT looking for new performing venue

It is the best Hope has to offer in terms of live entertainment

I’ve only lived in Hope for a few years, which is all the time needed to turn me from a Pollyanna raving about this lovely town to somewhat of a pessimist.

Hope PACT, our performing art community theatre, has left the Station House due to administrative issues and has nowhere to perform now. I don’t know why, except I heard someone in power returned and made this decision.

A volunteer had recently built a beautiful backdrop with a curtain and I so enjoyed the last play with performers of all ages. It is the best Hope has to offer in terms of live entertainment.

In my opinion, it beats old jalopies/cars smashing the heck out of each other in the hugely funded new area near the Coquihalla Bridge…boy have we got our priorities screwed up!

Last fall, the community garden, of which I am a member, went door-to-door asking neighbours surrounding the garden if it was OK with them to have a new greenhouse there. They all laughed goodheartedly and signed. But not district hall. They told us we needed a local engineer’s plans for it and wouldn’t accept the one from Ontario. Isn’t their weather worse than ours? Anyway that was cancelled to our dismay after a local contractor gave us so much volunteer time and energy due to district hall. I think something positive is happening on that front and we may well get it.

A couple of years ago when I was over the moon about the seniors subsidized Art Machine, someone complained and we had to take down things on the window and have curtains to close.

Do people in power in Hope hate others to have fun?

I will never darken the doors of Hope Station House again. I am not going to attend the Burns dinner, too bad for them and me.

Ruth Renwick,

Hope, B.C.

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