Dear Friends of the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center,
UPDATE – AUGUST 2020
Much activity is happening at the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center in Tower Minnesota. The new entry is going onto the front which goes to a deck and has a large canopy over it. There will be places to sit on the deck to wait for people waiting for people to come out, and waiting to be picked up, or just to watch the famous July 4th parade. We have tried to emulate the original porch and deck as much as possible but This one will have benches on it and is twice as high as the original one.
In the back of the building is an entrance which is wheel accessible to an elevator. Plenty of handicapped parking will be available.
Shown in our photos are volunteers Jack Roddy, Mitchell Waugh And LVCC Vice- Chairman Don Erickson taking off old cedar fish scale boards, planing them and get them ready to face the canopy In the front. The 8’ red doors are original and will be replaced with new weatherproofed doors looking similar to there. Recycle, recycle.
Also shown are volunteers Margaret Maki and Donna Zorman helping with the fall newsletter mailing.
The old roof will be torn off and replaced beginning on August 24.
This $100,000 project is only partly funded and we ask that you consider a generous donation to LVCC, PO Box 659, Tower, MN 55790. Donations may also be made through PayPal. Over $35,000 has been raised for this effort which is in honor of the late Alex Batinich whose 100th Birthday is On November 10, 2020.
“RAISE THE ROOF FOR ALEX’S 100th”
Please give and give generously.
SPRING 2020 UPDATE
The new siding is up and we are making more progress!
The major addition to the North is in place and the much anticipated elevator is framed in. The roof on the new addition is also dried in and ready to be connected to the original 135-year-old roof. When the three old layers are removed in the spring, the two roofs will be connected and finished. That roof is our focus for fundraising this year as that project will cost in the neighborhood of $150,000. As we have about one quarter of that in the bank and another half in pledges, our plea before the end of the year is that our community and friends will help fill the balance of much needed funds.
The good news is that the apse or East end is finished on the outside except for the roof. It is beautiful and will be a crown for this historic and acoustically perfect performance venue. Look for the exquisite leaded glass windows to be lit at night. We are reveling in the positive comments which we hear about St. Mary’s Hall finally finding her permanent home. Our motto: “With patience, the mulberry leaf becomes a silken gown.”
Special thanks to Brian Maki, President and CEO of Lakehead Constructors Inc., for his generous donation of $10,000 which brings us closer to our goal. A lifelong Ranger, Brian’s philanthropy is felt in many of our communities.
Our community is ready and waiting for your gift. Please mail your check to PO Box 659, Tower, MN 55790 or click the donate button to donate online.
The Board of Directors of the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center
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All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!
Gifted to the LVCC by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, we moved the grand old lady on November 1st, 2015, now known as St. Mary’s Hall (see video!), to her new home near the historic center of Tower near the harbor.
She is currently being restored and will be used for a wide variety of cultural and community activities.