Grainfield Kansas’ Historic Opera House Gets Modern Addition

The Grainfield Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a stately and historic structure situated in the business district of Grainfield. At various points in its history it has held a private school, mercantile, hosted dances, and even been a car dealership. Now, it is home once more to musical performances and special events.

Lovingly restored by Grainfield, Kansas residents, the historic Grainfield opera house recently gained a new addition that promises to keep patrons happy for years to come. The historic opera house, constructed in 1887, recently got a very modern addition. Volunteers installed a wheelchair ramp and an elevator to allow handicapped access to the facility. The most recent renovation was completed in time for the Craig Plotner concert in August.

The front ramp was installed on August 26 just in time for the
afternoon performance of Craig Plotner from Lucas, KS. Built by Bernie Katt
and donated by Bernie & Clemie Katt.

After seventeen years of hard work renovating the structure, the Grainfield Opera House is a living community treasure.

“After many years of fundraising and grants the elevator became a reality and also the ramp that made the building handicap accessible,” said Janet Ziegler. “The possibilities are endless what the opera house could be used for.”

The elevator was installed at all three levels of the opera house. The crew with
Access Elevator & Lifts out of Omaha, NE performed the work. Ron Eberle, Herb Queen assisted.

The opera house frequently plays host to musical acts, theatrical productions, and is available for rent for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, bridal showers, business functions, and other events. Crowds come from all over the region to enjoy the hospitality of Grainfield’s opera house.

Upcoming events include:

–       The 8th annual “Opera”-tunity Arts and Crafts fair on pheasant hunters’ weekend Nov. 10, 2012 will feature 35+ vendors to entertain women on “ladies’ day out” while their husbands hunt.

–       The 12th annual Christmas Lighting and Drawing will take place Nov. 24, 2012 to showcase the beautiful windows of the opera house, decorated in holiday finery and culminating in a lighting ceremony. A drawing, Christmas carols, and seasonal refreshments make this a fun tradition to put the whole family in the holiday spirit.

 

Last year’s Christmas Lighting and prize drawing. This year it will be held at the Opera House on November 24, 2012 at 7 p.m.

As a small-town gem rebuilt mostly through volunteer labor and donations, the resurrection of the historic opera house displays the best aspects of community spirit and the kind of passion and work ethic that make small towns mighty.

“Small towns are great because everyone knows their neighbor and usually are willing to help each other out,” Ziegler said.

Love Small Town America embodies this same cooperative spirit and are proud to count Grainfield Opera House as a member of our network. Grainfield’s presence on the internet wouldn’t be complete without the opera house.

[Love Small Town America] is a unique and fun way to tell the world what we have to offer and invite them to live the lifestyle we are so accustomed to.”

 

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