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1,200 Celebrate at Reed Birthday Party

September 21, 2013

The Reed Opera House became a multicultural party house in late September when an estimated 1,200 people dropped by to participate in a celebration marking the iconic building’s 143rd birthday.

They were treated to fashion shows , magic, free beverages and cakes in Carmelle’s Tea Room, stories of Salem’s historic underground, and a jazz concert featuring Terra Hurdle singing the songs of Anita O’Day in the newly dedicated Cyrus Reed Theater.

More than 60 of the visitors created a collage of the Reed’s history on a 5 ½ x4 foot canvas designed by Anna Cottom of the Partnerships in Community Living’s Prisms Gallery.

“We wanted to give people in the community a chance to paint and be part of ‘history in the making,’” said Ms. Cottom.  “Something they would look back on and say, ‘Remember when the PCL Prisms Gallery had this really cool project that I was part of?’”

Rebecca Maitland, Reed’s VP-Creative Director, who coordinated the massive birthday party, said the canvas would be hung indefinitely near the entrance to the Cyrus Reed Theater on the second floor.

An equally artistic presence was provided by Ms. Dany, whose skills were publicly demonstrated as she made up each of the models participating in the fashion show featuring styles from Reed shops Finishing Touches and Hattawear.

Corban University professor John Ritter filled the Cyrus Reed Theater during two entertaining presentations entitled “ Dirty Secrets of Salem’s historic underground.”

The magician, Satie, was especially popular with the children, and the Hurdle jazz concert, featuring leading area musicians with brass, guitar and piano, attracted a capacity crowd to the theater.

More than fifteen lucky party-goers won Elsinore Theatre tickets and gift certificates provided by Le Motive Hairdressing, Busy Scissors hair salon, Ink Underground Tattoo, Macedonia Greek Cuisine, Slab Handcrafted Soap and the Crystal Mirror.

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