5/19/2017 7:14:04 PM

With appropriate fanfare, pipers, and much applause, the Blyth Memorial Community Hall has reopened. The 4.2 million dollar project will make the 1921 edifice accessible for all and provide comfort and amenities for patrons of the renown summer theatre. Work was completed over an eight-month timeframe, with architect Jason Morgan of the Allan Avis firm providing the blueprints, SKC Construction doing the work, and the Ontario Government reconnecting with Rural Ontario by coughing up 3.3 million toward construction costs. Deputy Premier Deb Mathews, who championed the initiative through the Queen's Park bureaucracy spoke to the assembled crowd at the outdoor ceremony from the same steps where, on June 5th, 1921, members of the Blyth Women's Institute held the building's first dedication. It's a safe bet that many of the village's 1,000 residents posed for a then-and-now picture outside the Blyth Memorial Community Hall before the facility opened to give the crowd the interior tour. The renovations were completed just in time for the Blyth Festival to commence its 43rd season.

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