Mid-Hudson Civic Center to Purchase Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Orange County
New Shows Anticipated in Early Summer
(Poughkeepsie, N.Y. May 16, 2014) Mid-Hudson Civic Center, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mair Hall and McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie, and Ice Time Sports Arena in Newburgh, has signed an agreement to purchase the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center (SLPAC) effective May 16, 2014. Mid-Hudson Civic Center has simultaneously entered into a management contract to operate the facility until the formal closing, which is anticipated in late July/early August.
Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, located in Chester, New York is owned and operated by Kings Theatre Company, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1998. The center has a history of presenting a diverse and expansive range of programming including musicals, dance recitals, rock concerts, symphonies, dramas, and children’s shows. “We are extremely excited about acquiring the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center,” said David Wise, Board Chairman for the Civic Center. “It allows us to continue our mission of providing cultural and entertainment opportunities to the community while extending our reach into Orange County.”
SLPAC was designed and constructed in 1992 by Richard and Susan Logothetis and transferred to the non-profit Kings Theater Company in 2012. It boasts 8.8 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, parking for 900, and is comprised of five live performance venues. “This is a spectacular facility” said Paul Lloyd, President of the Civic Center. “For those who have never been to a show here, they are in for a real treat.”
The Main Theater has a seating capacity of 689 including the balcony and orchestra pit. The Pavilion provides seating for 262 and offers a wide variety of configurations for performances, corporate meetings and private parties. The Lawn – an outdoor amphitheater with its concrete stage pad and level grass lawn – can accommodate approximately 2,500 concert patrons. The outdoor Wharf Theater is SLPAC’s answer to Central Park and is used during the summer months to host children’s theater, Shakespeare festivals and theatrical productions. The final venue, The Gallery, is a second-floor lobby that is available to host small receptions, to provide additional rehearsal space and to exhibit the works of local artists.
Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, which operated with a volunteer staff and Board of Trustees, established itself as one of the foremost performing arts venues in the Greater Hudson Valley. Their mission was to enrich the lives of the citizens of the Hudson Valley through the presentation of the finest local, national and international artistic performances and by providing education and community involvement programs that support, enhance and expand the appreciation for the arts. “After searching the capacity of government, foundations, private interests and educational institutions, we believe we have found the next steward of this incredible facility in the Mid-Hudson Civic Center,” said SLPAC Board of Directors President, Kevin G. Kern. The Kings Theater Company will remain committed to SLPAC and assist MHCC in fundraising, volunteer recruitment and community outreach.
SLPAC has recently hosted many name acts including Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Suzanne Vega, The Greater New York Wind Symphony, The Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, Broadway Comes to SLPAC w/ Andrea McArdle and Hudson Valley Jazz Festival with Dave Liebman - to name a few. The new owners will immediately start preparing to attract new shows and anticipate being able to present events early this summer.
“This purchase will improve the quality of life in Sugar Loaf and ensure the long-term availability of art and musical performance for Orange County residents,” said Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus. “The Mid-Hudson Civic Center has a proven track record of success in Orange County with Newburgh’s Ice Time Sports Complex. Thanks to its partnership with the Performing Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Civic Center has saved a community treasure and will raise the curtain on exciting opportunities for local tourism and economic development.”
The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to providing cultural, recreational and educational opportunities to the Hudson Valley. It is a dual venue located in Poughkeepsie, NY and is comprised of Mair Hall and McCann Ice Arena. Mair Hall is a 15,475 square-foot space with the capacity to host 3,050 spectators and large expos and trade shows.
The McCann Ice Arena serves youth organizations, leagues and individuals for both recreational and competitive figure skating and ice hockey, and offers ice slots, group and private lessons, public skating sessions and private parties.
Mid-Hudson Civic Center also operates Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, NY. It too offers a full array of skating programs for kids and adults including hockey, figure skating, DJ-hosted open skating and roller hockey during warmer months.