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GUEST COLUMN: TANYS folks loved Rome during festival

Stephen Hampe, First Vice President, RCT
Posted 11/26/22

The Rome Community Theater had the honor of hosting the Theater Association of New York State’s 2022 Festival this past weekend, welcoming community theater companies from across the state.

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GUEST COLUMN: TANYS folks loved Rome during festival

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ROME — The Rome Community Theater had the honor of hosting the Theater Association of New York State’s 2022 Festival this past weekend, welcoming community theater companies from across the state.

While the Rome Community Theater’s own facility received several compliments, many expressed admiration and awe of the city of Rome. 

We were fortunate to have Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo offer a welcome to start of the TANYS festival, and many of our guests accepted her invitation to explore the city. As one of the more visible faces with the Rome Community Theater at the event, several people shared their observations with me. 

First, having a place like the Hampton Inn available to house a few dozen visitors, then a cozy location for an opening reception at DeSalvos, and finally, a superb venue for our awards banquet in the Delta Lake Inn were all appreciated.

But beyond the festival locations, even during an early arrival of winter,  visitors felt a vibrancy here. The addition of the Air Loft apartments, the new homes in the Woodhaven development, the walking/biking paths in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park along with the public art in the roundabouts and the park’s Sculpture Garden were all noticed.

Many ventured to West Dominick Street and were impressed by the presence of a national monument, but especially loved the artistic feel of recent renovations of the Capitol Theater and hearing that Copper City Lofts will set aside space for creatives. Copperccino’s received rave reviews. Additionally, many expressed a desire to return — when not busy at a festival — to explore other recent downtown additions like our own independent bookstore (Keaton & Lloyd)  and our art house movie theater (the Cinema Capitol). 

The RCT has hosted the TANYS festival before, during, and after the pandemic, but it will be moving to the North Country for the next couple of years. We certainly will remind folks of what they saw and experienced while here in our city! 

Way to go, Rome!

NOTE: Rome Community Theater’s next show, Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” will take the stage from Dec. 2-4 and also from Dec. 9-11. For information, or to order tickets, go to the RCT website at romecommunitytheater.org.

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