Chenango River Theatre receives $11,000 grant award from Raymond Foundation

By WBNG News

Chenango River Theatre receives $11,000 grant award from Raymond Foundation

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Raymond Foundation of Greene, has awarded Chenango River Theatre funding for several projects to help upgrade the company’s theatre located south of Greene on State Highway 12.

According to a news release:

As the theatre’s attendance doubled over the last 7 years, it had become clear that the women’s restroom needed additional stalls.  Included in the Raymond Foundation’s award is funding for this issue.  As part of the bathroom renovation, a new water heater for the building will also be installed.

Based on audience feedback, particularly from those with limited mobility, the lack of railings to assist people going up the stairs in the seating area was an issue.  The Raymond Foundation award will fund a set of railings up the center of each of the theatre’s two main aisles, making it easier for patrons to comfortably reach seats other than the first row.

Also slated for renovation in the seating area is the flooring.  Linoleum flooring will be installed over the painted wood floor still in use from the original construction, helping to reduce cleaning time and expense and provide a long term solution.

Another item funded that has often been requested by the public is additional exterior lighting to help them get to their cars after performances.  Finally, the theatre will be able to purchase a riding mower of it’s own (rather than borrowing one each week) to maintain the lawn around the facility.

Chenango River Theatre’s 2014 season will be announced in March, with over 60 performances scheduled from May to October.