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Theatre’s new patio area should be ready by spring

By STACEY PLAISANCE / L’Observateur / October 14, 1998

RESERVE – The new patio area for St. John Theatre is beginning to takeshape, and the project may be complete by spring.

“I’d be very pleased to have the patio finished by spring, but it really depends on funding,” said Jack Snowdy, managing director. The first phaseof the patio project, which includes the formation of the cement slab and sidewalk, will most likely be complete before Thanksgiving, Snowdy said.

The cement is being underwritten by LaPlace Concrete Co. and NalcoChemical.

Jack Howard of Reserve was expected to begin forming the cement frame last weekend.

“So far I’ve been surprised because some of these projects take a lot to get involvement, and we’re ahead of schedule,” Snowdy said. “If you’re theonly one who has an idea, you have to work hard to get other people involved.”The idea for the patio was initiated in 1976, and Snowdy said it will serve as an intermission area among other uses. It will also allow for a smokingarea at the theatre. Smoking is no longer permitted inside the building.”Right now we have people who go out on the front porch of the theatre to smoke, and the patio will be a nice place for them to relax during intermissions,” he said.

There is still plenty to be done to complete the patio area, and Snowdy said fencing will be the next phase of the project. He said that while thetheatre is short of funding for this phase right now, it shouldn’t take much to acquire what is needed.

“If I get sponsors for every 10 feet of fencing, that would average about $40 per sponsor,” he said.

The final phase of the project is landscaping, and Snowdy said benches, plants and a variety of shrubbery will be needed. Some area nurseryowners are beginning to show interest, he said.

Eddie Pastureau, a theatre artist, designed a sketch of the patio area which is enclosed by fencing and gates on the west side of the building.

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