Milford Theater restoration advocate inspired by memories of its past
By JESSICA COHEN
Community News Writer
January 15, 2010
Every month for three years, Realtor Davis Chant called Connie Merwine, attorney for Joe Farruggio to ask if he was “getting closer to the time to make a decision” about selling the Milford Theater.
Chant is part of a community group that includes Tom Hoff, founder of Pike County Historical Trust; Mike Carson, initiator of the Winter Lights Festival; attorney Duke Schneider; and Deborah Bailey, owner of Connections Magazine and Bailey Design and Advertising. It envisions turning the theater over to a nonprofit group that would restore the building and its once lively schedule.
Asked if he was apprehensive when he made that monthly call, Chant said, “No. I’m the proverbial optimist. I assumed we’d get it together.”
“Farruggio has little or no debt for the theater. He can afford to hold onto it,” said Chant. “But he and his family have other theaters, and this one wasn’t very productive for them. The community has been asking for a number of years for him to sell it to a non-profit.”