Groundbreaking Plan For Park Theatre Emerges

Hutter Construction coordinating sub-contractors for December start.

JAFFREY, New Hampshire (November 2, 2017) As construction nears, The Park
Theatre reported today that finishing touches are being put on groundbreaking as
soon as possible for the new 485-seat performing arts facility in downtown Jaffrey.
Originally built in 1922, the re-imagined and rebuilt-from-the ground-up Park
Theatre will present live theatrical performances, children’s programs, concerts,
and films. The dream of the community is becoming reality for the thousands of
fans and supporters of the Theatre.

Since June of this year, and the fulfillment of municipal codes, the project raised
over $800,000 for construction and has just received an anonymous $25,000
challenge match to raise the final funds required to start construction. The Town
issued the project its building permit last week. The construction management
team at Hutter Construction Corporation is coordinating schedules with its
subcontractors to begin work as soon as possible. “As we pull all these final pieces
together, it’s looking more and more like we’ll actually start sometime between
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah,” noted Caroline Hollister, chair of the Board of

Funds to develop and construct the new Theatre have been donated by thousands
of individuals and institutions. The major portion of the construction costs is
provided by USDA’s Rural Development Office’s $2,000,000 low-interest, longterm
loan which will be financed through the Savings Bank of Walpole. Additional
construction funds are being provided by 38 area businesses through their
donations to New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority Tax
Credit program. A portion of those business donations through CDFA’s tax credit
program funded the 2013 demolition of the original theater building and
preparation of the site for construction. The remediation of hazardous materials
buried on site and throughout the original building was made possible by a grant
from Southwest Region Planning Commission and the generosity of many The
Park Theatre donors.

“Pending final materials and contractor costs, we are down to our last $50,000 to
finally get the work underway,” said Steve Jackson, CEO and Managing Director
of the Theatre. “Anyone who’d like to donate that amount will be the first one to
put that golden shovel in the ground!” he added. “We believe that this special
donation of what are, truly, the final funds needed to start, deserves a unique
recognition. The shovel is symbolic of starting something new, sowing seeds of
great things to come… to help grow our community.”

Trustees are planning to acknowledge the individual, business or foundation that
may step forward to contribute one gift of $50,000 by giving that donor the
opportunity to put the actual first shovel in the ground for the Monadnock’s
Region’s first community based performing arts center to be built in over 80 years.
The photograph of the donor making “the first dig” at the construction site with a
golden commemorative shovel will be made available to the press. Additionally,
that same photo and shovel, along with an engraved plaque recognizing the donor,
will be placed in a custom case in the new Theatre for all to see for years to come.
Anyone interested in The Park Theatre “Golden Dig” opportunity, or any other
recognition opportunities should call Steve Jackson at (603) 532-9300.

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Monadnock Profile: Stevens Jackson knows transforming power of community theater

Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016 8:00 am | Updated: 9:28 am, Sat Jul 16, 2016.
By Cheyenne Vaughn Sentinel Staff View source link

steve-jackson-july-2016“Whassup?!” a man asks his friend over the phone while sitting on his couch drinking a Budweiser beer.

This isn’t Stevens Pell Jackson, but instead one of the many iconic commercials his team worked on for Anheuser-Busch before he became involved in Jaffrey’s Park Theatre.

For nearly 30 years Jackson worked in advertising and marketing for DDB (formerly Doyle Dane Bernbach), an advertising agency with headquarters in Jackson’s hometown of New York City.

“I joined them when I was a very young kid and I was low on the totem pole, and stayed with it over the years and eventually led the business on a global basis,” he reflects.

Anheuser-Busch was one of Jackson’s major clients during his time at DDB and his team’s advertising campaigns for Budweiser and Bud Light won “every major industry award including Cannes Gold Lions, Effies, Clios and Emmys,” according to Pell Partners, Jackson’s consulting firm.

These winning campaigns include Spuds MacKenzie, “Gimme A Light,” “Yes, I am,” “I Love you man” and the Budweiser Frogs, Ants and Clydesdales.

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The William David Eppes Auditorium

william-david-eppes-auditorium-mediumAt the end of 2015 The Eppes-Jefferson Foundation bestowed a substantial gift on The Park Theatre. Trustees have recognized the honor and generosity of the foundation’s gift with the naming of the main auditorium in honor of arts and humanities advocate, William David Eppes. Born in 1918, Mr. Eppes was a southern gentleman from Goodwater, Alabama, whose family’s roots in Colonial America traced back to Thomas Jefferson. Educated at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, William and Mary College, George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the University of Miami, the University of Manchester (England), Columbia University, New York University and the University of Durham (England), Mr. Eppes is listed in the 37th Edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business (2009) as a well known author, historian, preservationist and benefactor of the arts.

In 1996, Mr. Eppes moved to New England, making his home at RiverMead in Peterborough and established The Eppes-Jefferson Foundation to continue his support of the arts and humanities he had cherished during his lifetime. The foundation recognized that the vision guiding The Park Theatre was one shared by Mr. Eppes during his lifetime, and bestowed a substantial gift to the Theatre in his honor and as a living memorial to the man and the arts and culture.

Educated as a librarian, Mr. Eppes was employed at the libraries of George Washington University, California State University, Columbia University and The Cooper Union. He founded the Film Classics League and Backstage Gallery of St. Petersburg, Florida, and served on the boards of the Memphis Theatre Historical Society, Virginia Historical Society, McLeod Plantation, Sea Island Historical Society, Greenwich Village Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc., was Honorary Commissioner of the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument Fund, Inc., and member of the William and Mary Choir, New York Drama League, and the Society of the Descendants of Francis Eppes I of Virginia.

Throughout his life, Mr. Eppes maintained autograph letters, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and printed material by and about persons in the fine arts, theatre, literary and political world as well as playbills, programs, announcements and poster replicas of New York City theatres. The 2,310 items in The William David Eppes Collection of Arts Memorabilia is included in the Special Collections of the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville. Among his collection is correspondence with Tallulah Bankhead, Harry S and Bess W Truman, Malcolm Forbes, Alfred Lunt and Armand Hammer. His collection of historic recordings include many Opening Nights of the Metropolitan Opera and the 1942 Premiere of ‘Porgy and Bess’ written at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. In addition to contributing to a variety of historic journals and magazines, Mr. Eppes was a member of Authors’ Guild and wrote several books: The Empire Theatre 1893-1953 (1978), Gertrude Michael—A Star of the Golden Age of Hollywood (1985), Montgomery Theatre 1822-1985 (1986), and The House off Main Street, A Chronicle of the McCord-Eppes Family. ❦

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Park Theatre Hires CEO

Stevens-Pell-Jackson-JrLongtime marketing director, theater manager Jaffrey venue’s first employee

By Priscilla Morrill Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, February 12, 2016

The Park Theatre hit another milestone Monday with the hire of its first employee. Stevens Pell Jackson Jr., of Jaffrey, joins theater as CEO managing director. Board Chair Caroline Hollister said the next big marker, opening night, is 18 months away.

It was 10 years ago Monday that the then-nascent nonprofit purchased the historic theater on Main Street, with the vision to bring the entertainment venue that got it’s start in 1922 back to life — it had been closed since 1976. The old Park Theatre was torn down in December 2013 when Board trustees made the hard decision that building from the ground up is the way to go. Read More

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Timken gives theater $50K

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  – On March 19, the Trustees of the Timken Foundation of Canton awarded $50,000 to The Park Theatre for the rebuilding of its facility in Jaffrey. “We are convinced that the reopened Park Theatre — along with the diverse cultural and entertainment programs it plans to provide — will greatly benefit everyone in the Greater Keene area,” noted Bob Bauman, General Manager of Timken’s Keene facility. Read online story.

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