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Old Sturbridge Village honors Senator Stephen M. Brewer
|OSV Theater to be named the Stephen M. Brewer Theater|
|STURBRIDGE, MA (Dec. 4, 2007): Old Sturbridge Village will change the name of its 300-seat theater to the “Stephen M. Brewer Theater” in honor of State Senator Brewer, who has worked tirelessly for many years in support of OSV and the entire region. A thank-you ceremony is set for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the village.
Because the theater at Old Sturbridge Village is the only movie theater in Sturbridge, OSV opens the theater to the public for popular 7:00 p.m. $5 Friday night family movies as a community service. Features are chosen with family appeal in mind, such as these upcoming screenings: The Polar Express (December 21, 22), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (December 28, 29).
“No one works harder for this region than Stephen Brewer,” said Old Sturbridge Village Chief Executive Officer Jim Donahue. “He has been instrumental in securing more than $5 million in funding for Old Sturbridge Village in the last five years from the State of Massachusetts – funding that is helping to bring more tourism, shopping, dining and hospitality dollars to the area. We are honored to name our theater after a man who is so dedicated to the communities he represents.”
“I am profoundly moved to have received this honor,” said Senator Brewer. “Old Sturbridge Village has proved to be a catalyst for cultural history for countless people of the world. It is also an economic primer for much of the greater central Massachusetts area. I accept this naming on behalf of the many generations of both paid staff and volunteers who truly have given their love and dedication to this very special place.”
OSV is using the state funds secured by Sen. Brewer to upgrade museum exhibits and programs, improve the transportation infrastructure and visitor amenities Donahue said. Recently, the historic houses on the common were given new shingles and fresh paint, and all three of the village’s popular water-powered mill exhibits were repaired so that they could operate each day during the important summer season – a big improvement to the visitor experience.
Working with State Representative Todd Smola, Senator Brewer also secured
funding for the Sturbridge Heritage Preservation Partnership, which is a state-sponsored community effort to promote the entire Sturbridge area as a tourist destination. Additionally, Senator Brewer and Representative Todd Smola were instrumental in arranging for the joint purchase and preservation of 836 acres of OSV land by the State of Massachusetts and the Town of Sturbridge in 2006.
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open Tues.-Sun. 9:30 – 4:00 p.m. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $6; children under 3, free. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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