September 16, 2019

EHS Presents Third Annual Preservation Award to Ivoryton Playhouse!

Town Historian Chris Pagliuco and Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director Jaqueline Hubbard with the Preservation Award Photo courtesy of Alison Brinkman)

Town Historian Chris Pagliuco and Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director Jaqueline Hubbard with the Preservation Award (Photo courtesy of Alison Brinkman)

Essex On June 23, 2013 at their Annual Strawberry Social, Essex Historical Society presented their Preservation Award to Ivoryton Playhouse.

Held every June, the Annual Strawberry Social always promises a good time, and this year did not disappoint! The weather was in full cooperation for the festivities, which included colonial-themed games, musical entertainment by the Sailing Masters and strawberry shortcake for all.  While attendees were enjoying their dessert, EHS presented the Preservation Award.

Established in 2011, the Preservation Award celebrates a building that has been preserved or restored in accordance with the period in which it was originally constructed. The winner is decided by public vote with the results kept under wraps until the Strawberry Social. Past years’ winners have been Ivoryton Library (2011) and Centerbrook Meetinghouse (2012). Voting was open to the public for the month of May and the tallied votes revealed that Ivoryton Playhouse was the winner by landslide!

Originally built in 1911 as a recreation hall, the Playhouse transitioned to its new role as a summer theater in 1930. The Playhouse suffered ups and downs through the next few decades until 1979, when plans to demolish the building ignited outrage and spurred the creation of the Playhouse Foundation. A non-profit organization, the Foundation is dedicated to preserving the Playhouse and enriching the community.

Over the past 28 years, the preservation and restoration process has completely updated the building, from modern heating and cooling to advanced theatrical technology—but nothing ostentatious or compromising the integrity of its old bones. The Foundation started producing theatre year round in 2006 under Artistic Director Jaqueline Hubbard.

Town Historian Chris Pagliuco and EHS Vice President Susan Malan presented Hubbard with the much-deserved Award at the Strawberry Social. “The Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation is honored to accept this prestigious award from the Essex Historical Society.

Essex Town Historian Chris Pagliuco (right) congratulates a surprised Jaqueline Hubbard (photo courtesy of Alison Brinkman)

Essex Town Historian Chris Pagliuco (right) congratulates a surprised Jaqueline Hubbard (photo courtesy of Alison Brinkman)

Along with providing entertainment and cultural events for the community, a central tenet of our mission is the preservation of the building. It is the primary focus of much of our recent fundraising.” Hubbard said. “We are extremely grateful to the Essex Historical Society for recognizing our work.”

For more information about the Ivoryton Playhouse, visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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