Miners’ Hall renovation

The fundraiser is put on to raise awareness of the planned renovations of the hall.

Josefin Svedberg

Rossland News

On Saturday, October 4, Vancouver-based trio Tiller’s Folly will play at a fundraiser at the Miners’ Hall.

The fundraiser is put on to raise awareness of the planned renovations of the hall. Rossland Council for Arts and Culture’s Renate Fleming says that she is “excited about the event.”

The band will play high-energy music with a Celtic background. “Great to dance to,” explains Fleming.

Tiller’s Folly has been to Rossland before, four years ago, at the closing night of the Old Fire Hall. Fleming remembers it as a great night.

RCAC sees the event as a perfect opportunity to show the community their ideas on the improvements of the Miners’ Hall. At the south facing aspect of the attic there will be a proper green room for the performers, far more suitable than the old facilities.

The City of Rossland is planning to renovate the exterior. The roof needs to be replaced and some of the features outside need to be improved.

The idea is both renovation projects would collaborate and all the work needed on the outside would be made at the same time to make it more cost and time efficient.

A second room in the attic would be renovated as a multi-purpose space and made available to the community. The space could be used for yoga classes or meetings, for example, which would make the Miners’ Hall more sustainable and useful in the community.

There is still a long way to go but the RCAC hopes to get going by the end of next summer. They want the community to be a part of the change and make sure their thoughts are shared with the people of Rossland.

The fundraiser will also be an opportunity for the RCAC to get feedback from the community.

The previous renovation project ran out of funding and left the Miners’ Hall without some of the details of the original look. The balcony, for example, used to be more elaborate.

Columbia Basin Trust has awarded a grant with one big concept for the city and the RCAC is currently applying for additional grants.

The RCAC will use profits from the Tiller’s Folly show for the Miners’ Hall. Tickets can be bought from Out of the Cellar in Rossland and at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail for $22.

It will be both an informative night and a night full of dancing.


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