CHATEAUGAY - The Chateaugay Rotary Club is looking to get people plugged into Adirondacks Unplugged.
The summer music festival, now in its third year, is raising money to restore a piece of the town's history - the Chateaugay Theatre on East Main Street.
Bill Fitzgerald, promoter for Adirondacks Unplugged, said the Chateaugay Rotary Club has teamed up with the Chateaugay Revitalization Committee and McCadam Cheese to host this year's event, slated for Thursday, Aug. 5, at at the Chateaugay Recreation Park on State Route 374.
"This initiative is one the entire community has embraced," Fitzgerald said of the theatre's restoration. "And, once complete, it will be a great source of pride and activity for the community."
The first phase of the estimated $90,000 restoration will involve a complete renovation of the more than 400-seat theatre. Improvements to the theatre's lighting, sound and decor will be among the chief concerns addressed, said Fitzgerald.
"We're about there with all the fundraising that's required," he said. "We're hoping that with this event it will put us over the top so we can begin this project very soon."
Additional improvements would be planned "down the road," said Fitzgerald, but, for now, the idea is to establish a place from which to start what he feels will be a success story for Chateaugay.
"We're looking at this first phase as a way to get this theatre up and running and to create some buzz in the community and the surrounding area," he said. "The more activity and people we can bring to the community with this as the centerpiece, there's no limit to what might be possible for Main Street."
Once restored, Fitzgerald said it's quite possible the local high school could host a movie night once a month in the theatre and a theatre camp in the summer.
"We've even talked about connecting with the theatre program at [the State University of New York at Plattsburgh]," said Fitzgerald. "This would be a great opportunity for a student who might be looking for an internship to run a theatre for the summer for college credit."
"This really is a case where if we can get this facility renovated as we have planned, there's no limit as to what can happen," he added.
Though keeping in mind plans for the future, Fitzgerald's sights are still set very much on the present, particularly on making Adirondacks Unplugged a success. And, by bringing in country-rock band Stonehoney to headline the event.
"They are just an awesome country-rock band," he said.
Stonehoney, which just released their debut album, "The Cedar Creek Sessions," just began a national tour, with Chateaugay fortunate enough to be a stop on the list, said Fitzgerald.
"We were able to get their attention," said Fitzgerald, who credited the idea to Drew Scott, a disc jockey for Wild Country 96.5 in Malone. "People are going to be thrilled with the quality of music that we're going to bring."
Opening for Stonehoney will be Plattsburgh rock band The Angry Neighbors and Burlington's Caroline O'Connor, who is originally from Chateaugay.
"The whole idea behind Adirondacks Unplugged is to create this brand that's synonymous with great music and entertainment," said Fitzgerald, adding he believed this year's mix of up-tempo artists does just that. "It's going to be a really good time and affordable for everybody."
The Aug. 5 event will open at 5 p.m. with performances scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The open-air concert will be held rain or shine and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating.
Admission will be $7.50 for adults. Students younger than 12 years old will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are on sale at Alix's True Value and Wendy's Quick Stop in Chateaugay, Dick's Country Store in Churubusco and on-line at www.themusicoasis.com or www.chateaugayrotary.com.
Adirondacks Unplugged is sponsored by Horizon Wind Energy, The P.K. Curtin Fund, McCadam Cheese, and the town of Chateaugay.
(Editor's Note: Denton Publications is giving away tickets to Adirondacks Unplugged courtesy of the Chateaugay Rotary Club. Look inside this week's edition for a contest entry form or go on-line to www.the-burgh.com to enter!)