A sold-out crowd was on hand to see the ribbon cut on the restored REES Theatre. The evening’s festivities, Saturday got started with dinner and socializing on Michigan Street. Guests were treated to drinks, dinner, and desserts provided by various restaurants from throughout the county. While the guests enjoyed socializing, they were entertained by a string quartet. 

Heartland Artist’s Gallery and the Marshall County Museum were both open with special opportunities for visitors during the dinner. 

Plymouth Mayor Senter joined by Connie Holzwart, of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon surrounded by many of the partners that have made the five-year reconstruction possible.

The crowd was then ushered into the new grandeur of the performing arts space and the Bob Pickell Memorial Stage. Several members of the Pickell family were on hand and in the front row for the dedication and concert.

Denver Bierman spoke about what an inspiration Mr. Pickell was to him. Bierman carried that theme throughout the concert adding stories about what effect the community of Plymouth has had on him and his career. The concert culminated with a song Bierman penned, “My Home Town.” 

The Mile High Orchestra also featured Plymouth natives Josh Harner and Adam Beck. Boston Bierman, Denver’s son was also featured on trumpet.

The grand opening will continue through the week with additional performances and ending with a screening of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Article by Greg Hildebrand Correspondent for WTCA