Old News Archive

Town Hall Arts Center Project

January 01, 2003 - MILO

The Milo Towh Hall celebrates its 79th birthday this year and what a history it has had! Twelve hundred people attended its standing-room-only 1924 dedication, and since then it has seen foot-stomping basketball games with cheerleaders standing on the balcony rim, high school plays and musicals, speaking contests, Christmas programs, town shows, reunions, and other events that no longer come to mind. If you stand quietly, you can almost hear the echoes of its exciting past.

When the Town Hall was built, it was the best place around for all those events. Now it no longer meets modern standards for sound and lighting, the wiring is antiquated, the floor squeaks, and the stage shows the ravages of time. Present-day students lack an adequate place to present plays and other events important to their education, for along with the now sub-standard Town Hall Auditorium, the SAD 41 gym is acoustically unfit for cultural events. There is no likelihood that state funding will ever be available to build a new autidtorium, and we are at a crossroads.

Several months ago, the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club proposed to lead an area-wide effort to renovate the Town Hall to make it a first-class arts center and auditorium for our whole area to use, all to be done with fund-raising and hands-on work by volunteers, and without the expenditure of any tax dollars. Since then, priorities have been set: theater lighting and sound, stage improvements, and new floors, in that order. Fund-raising has begun, and excitement is building. Folks are envisioning coffee house events, school plays, musical programs, dances, art shows, photography exhibits, and all kinds of other cultural programs in this new, revitalized Town Hall Arts Center. They are thinking about how much this can add to our lives and the lives of our children, our number one priority. We all need a local place to laugh, to relax, to socialize, and to enjoy life. That is what the new Arts Center/Auditorium is for.

Ed Wingler Auditorium, Milo Town Hall

Please join us in this work as a volunteer or as a financial supporter. Every dollar helps and every drop of sweat makes a difference. What a wonderful chance we have now to work together as an area-wide community to better our lives!

If you wish to give money, please send it to:

Milo Town Hall Arts Center Fund

Milo Town Office

P.O. Box 218

Milo, ME 04463

Add your return address, your donation is tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt with our thanks!

- Edwin & Ethelyn Treworgy, Co-Chairs


Just recently, the carpeting in the balcony area has been finished! We hope to have pictures soon!


Ethelyn and Edwin Treworgy, Co-Chairs of the Milo Town Hall Arts Center Project sponsored by Three Rivers Kiwanis, have announced, with deepest gratitude, the receipt of a $25,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King foundation to be used for the Arts Center. This grant will enable the project to begin the work of eliminating squeaks in the floors and stairs, making repairs to the balcony, improving ventilation, completing the purchase of new chairs and tables, and making other necessary improvements. This gift by the Kings is yet another example of the generosity they have shown through the years for projects of the Town and of students and teachers in SAD #41. We thank them again for all they have done.

Note: If you haven’t seen the “new” Town Hall Arts Center, you must make the effort. The auditorium is spectacular, with new curtains, chairs, lights, and sound system. The residents of the area owe Edwin and Ethelyn Treworgy a huge thank-you for the incredible amount of time and effort they have put into this huge project.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.