Show tunes for Thompson House

April 27, 2012 —

The community broke into song Saturday night at the Broadway Revue fundraiser held at the American Legion. The fundraiser raised more than $2,000 toward replacing the aging boiler at the William G. Thompson House Museum, a project that will require an estimated $18,000 to complete.

Dave Rickard, Frances Painter, Kathi Frank, Lynne Karl, Summer Housler, Abby Smoke, Terry Ireland, Barb Baker, Stephanie Jass, Mandy Kruse, Jim Dennis and Andrew Bocks were accompanied by Jan Rickard on piano with Gwen Marry as her assistant performing show tunes from shows ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to Legally Blonde. Approximately 125 people attended the show at the American Legion, and enjoyed a variety of decadent desserts while the performers sang.

Pam Smoke approached the museum a few months ago with the idea of a Broadway Revue fundraiser to replace the aging boiler, which dates from the 1920s. The project will encompass the removal of the old boiler, installation of a new unit, checking the pipes and valves, and checking the radiators to ensure that they are still viable. The project will ensure the preservation of the artifacts in the museum and reduce heating costs.

The museum is funded by a small endowment left by William G. Thompson to cover its cost of operations. However, the cost associated with fixing the boiler is out of the range of the money needed to maintain and operate the Victorian structure. In the past, generous benefactors have covered the costs of new wallpaper, a conversion of the garage into a visitor’s center and minor maintenance to the structure.