As part of the Mary Flower concert on Saturday, September 17th, the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Lobby Bar. The result of months of design , planning, and construction, the new bar is located adjacent to the Collins Room in the main auditorium. Designed to echo the character of an English pub, this new serving space incorporates many unique architectural features collected through extensive research from around the world.
Consistent with the recent theater renovation, the new bar uses many recycled materials from the original church building. The bar itself is faced with recycled doors found in a basement storage room. Stained glass from windows that had been removed from the original building has been reused in the doors and soffit above the cabinets, and has been incorporated into custom made pendant lights above the bar. The walls have been decorated with period photographs of the original church building, and other historical theater prints. The latest LED lighting technology has been applied to the room, giving the bartenders unlimited ability to create different moods as needed.
The concert on September 17th will feature Mary Flower, one of the most gifted Piedmont finger style guitarists in the U.S. Festivities will begin at 7pm with pianist Tom Duffield, followed by the main stage show at 8pm. Tickets are $20 advance, $22 at the door, and can be purchased from the box office at 269-781-0001, or on the website at www.frankecenterforthearts.org.