Twin anniversaries mark Music Hall’s comeback
Peter D. Kramer | firstname.lastname@example.org • February 14, 2010
Today, Valentine’s Day, is important to the people at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
For one thing, today marks the 30th anniversary of the venue’s rescue.
For another, those who volunteer at the Music Hall consider it a labor of love.
And the building was erected 125 years ago this year, by chocolate maker William Wallace.
“We like to say that chocolate coins built this theater,” jokes executive director Björn Olsson.
The Tarrytown Music Hall, the oldest theater in Westchester County, had played host to presidents and bombshells over the years: Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Mae West all appeared at the Main Street venue. But by the mid-’70s, the building had fallen into disrepair, with a leaking roof and no heat.
Today, because of the dedication of the Friends of the Mozartina, the nonprofit group that repaired and saved it, 80,000 patrons a year are drawn to its programs, from children’s theater to jazz greats to folk music.