Press Release, August 23, 2011
The Rotary Club of Lincoln Lamplighter Tour Shines the Light on
Their Volunteers and Sponsors
This past Tuesday night, in front of a packed audience at the Sunset Music Series held at Charles Daley Park in Lincoln, The Rotary Club of Lincoln Lamplighter Tour shone a spotlight on the more than 100 volunteers and sponsors responsible for the success of the Lamplighter Tour.
"This dream to build an open air performance centre at Charles Daley Park started back in 2004 and we couldn't have done it without the remarkable support that we have realized and continue to realize from our community," said Jennifer Southward, Rotarian and Producer of the Lamplighter Tour. "We were able to partner with the Town of Lincoln in 2009 and all funds raised from the Tour continue to go towards paying for "The Rotary Shell" (a 10 year commitment).
Bev Haskins, the Tour's Artistic Director, introduced Captain Joe Moyer (Jens Hansen), a Jordan resident from the mid 1800's, who chose a life at sea over farming. Captain Joe regaled the audience with tales of his adventures on the high seas (and maybe a bit of blarney!).
"Jens Hansen is one of many talented volunteers who brings to life the real life characters of bygone days in Lincoln and area," said Haskins. "It takes a large group –over 100, in fact - of dedicated volunteers to pull off a show like the Lamplighter Tour. We not only have actors, but also playwrights, costume designers, stage managers, website designer, program designer, researchers, photographers, props managers, greeters, lamplighters and tea room staff and the owners of the houses and buildings we use." Haskins invited all the volunteers present onto the stage.
"This project from day one was about building community and we have been so inspired by the way that the people of Lincoln and really all of West Niagara have stepped up to the plate," continued Southward. "Companies, like Hopkins I.D.A. Pharmacy, who dispensed a big DOSE of generosity with their commitment of $25,000 over 5 years saw the community-building value of bringing local history to life. Other generous contributors continue to be Scotia McLeod, The Marchand Kruczynski Group, Walker Industries, Meridian Credit Union, Investor's Group, The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Peninsula Energy, Blue Sky Nursery, The Relay Station, The Watering Can, John Deere and many more in the form of In Kind, Table Sponsors and contributors to an annual penny sale," said Southward.
This will be the Lamplighter Tours 8th season. For more information on the tour visit www.lamplightertour.com Tickets go on sale Sat. Sept. 24 at 9 am. They go fast…..don't miss your opportunity to join the excitement….check the website for details NOW!!