Cooking Up a Furnace At The Fayette Opera House

Cooking will take center-stage at Fayette’s historic Opera House on Saturday, October 5th when the Fayette Arts Council hosts a fundraising event called “Cooking up a Furnace”.

Sponsored by the Fayette Arts Council and the Opera House Association, this benefit, Pampered Chef Cooking Show will raise funds for a new heating and cooling system for the first floor of the Opera House.

The host for the event will be Pampered Chef local representative Cathy Leininger.

In addition to participating in an outstanding culinary workshop (complete with food samples), each participant will receive a gift & coupon bag, a Pampered Chef Cook Book and will be eligible for the Cooking up a Furnace Drawing.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 and may be purchased from any Fayette Arts Council Member or by calling (419) 237-3111 and leaving your name and ticket request.

All of the ticket income as well one third of the proceeds from the sale of the Pampered Chef items will offset the cost of the recently installed replacement furnace and new air conditioning system.

“The Opera House has been in need of an air conditioning system on the first floor for years.” said Tom Spiess, Director of the Fayette Arts Council. Fayette’s historic old facility serves as the local nutrition site for the Fulton County Senior Citizen Center. The existing cooling system struggled to maintain comfort levels during the summer season. “The old window unit was too small, too noisy and too challenging for Senior Site Management to manage on a daily basis” said Spiess.

Too address this need; the Board of the Fayette Arts Council (owner of the Opera House) initiated a drive to raise the dollars needed to upgrade the system.

All funds to cover the cost of the installation are raised locally from private donations and fundraising events such as the “Cooking up a Furnace” Campaign.

As the Fayette Arts Council nears the end of this fundraising effort, a private challenge donation of $1000 was made by a local resident to stimulate support and to bring the campaign to a successful conclusion.

With the funds raised through the “Cooking Up A Furnace” match grant campaign added to the income generated from the screening of the silent film “The Black Pirate” (Accompanied by organist Lynne Long) slated for September 21st, the Arts Council will erase most of the costs associated with the upgrades to the heating plant.


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