Donations will help Sampson restoration

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Sampson Committee Chair Grace Knapton, Director Becky Prine, and PYTCo. General Manager Peg Patterson accept a check for $3,562 from Terri Fingar of The Living Well, as their half of the proceeds from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company (PYTCo.) received their half of the money raised by their production of  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for The Living Well last month. The dinner theatre staged in December at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church raised a total of $7,124, with half the money to benefit The Living Well’s programs, and half to PYTCo to support other community theatre productions and the renovation of the Sampson Theatre.

PYTCo. also voted to hire non-profit consultant Carolyn Bick, who also works with The Landmark Society for the Sampson project. Bick’s first work will be to organize and pursue grants and fundraising for Phase I of the Sampson Project, which is to be the façade of the historic theatre.

Project architect Richard Osgood says the first phase will include the repair and restoration of the poured concrete and brick masonry of the Sampson, accurate and appropriate replacement of the doors, windows, and signs, and the reconstruction of the Sampson’s original front canopy portico.

Phase one is estimated to cost approximately $400,000. The project was chosen to stabilize and secure the outside of the existing building before the second phase begins.

Phase II will involve the greatest portion of the project — the renovation of the interior of the Sampson, and the construction of the three-story annex that will house a new lobby on the ground floor, with adaptive studios, and classroom space on the two floors above, and set and costume workshop space on the basement floor below.