For many years, Gothenburg’s Sun Theatre has hosted a Tour of Homes as a fundraiser event, either during the fall or at Christmas time. While the event has always featured the interior of local homes, this year that can’t happen. But there is a plan.
“We were trying to think outside of the box to come up with ideas for our community and theatre,” explained Sun Theatre Executive Director Roxanne Converse-Whiting. “Our goal was to get creative so we thought, what about people who decorate their homes on the outside? It can still feature a tour and give people something to do that’s festive and still provide funds for the theatre.”
The 2020 version of the Holiday Tour of Homes will feature the exterior rather than the interior. So release your inner Clark W. Griswold and string those lights!
If someone wants to be included in the tour they simply pay $10. Their homes are then added to the map which people follow as they drive around to look. The public then votes on their favorite. The winner will split the pot, of whatever is brought in, with the theatre.
“It’s a fun thing for the community and helps support the theater,” said Converse-Whiting. “We would like homeowners to sign up by Dec. 1 so we can get the map together.”
“Flatwater Bank is tentatively planning their Santa arrival on Dec. 10, so we were thinking we would incorporate the first day of the tour with that,” Converse-Whiting said. “The tour would then stay open through Dec. 20. As of now the theatre is planning to show National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the weekend of Dec. 18 - 20, but that is strictly dependent upon DHMs at that time.”
The winner of the Tour of Homes display will be announced the week of Christmas. “With the Shining Light display no longer available we thought this would help fill in that gap,” said Converse-Whiting.
Anyone wanting to be on the tour may call Roxanne at 402-413-5747.
“While our renovation was fully funded and we were prepared to be closed, Covid has still had an impact on us,” she explained. “The community has been very generous to support us, but these types of events are things we are doing just to keep us operational.”
With the increase of Covid cases in the area and new DHMs issued by the Governor this past week, the Sun Theatre Board of Directors has made the decision to close for movies on the weekend until further notice. The theatre will still be available for take-out popcorn and concessions on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m., as well as rental for private events such as live stream conferences, birthday parties, family gatherings, recitals, and sporting event parties. Capacity is limited to 60 people.
In addition, the Sun Theatre is offering some Christmas specials. “We are excited to announce our 2021 popcorn bucket special. Purchase the 2021 bucket for $20 and receive refills all year for only $1. Also, we are offering our annual gift certificate sale: buy 5, get 1 free. And, if you purchase your 2021 membership before Dec. 31, you can receive $5 off the 2021 popcorn bucket,” said Converse-Whiting.
She emphasized that the primary focus of the Board is the safety of the theatre’s patrons, and asks the public to please continue to support your local theatre during these uncertain times. The board plans to revisit the topic as new DHMs are available.