Stages on the Sound is in the beginning stages of renovating the historic Rosemary Open Air Theatre on the grounds of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor. The theatre was built into a hillside overlooking the water by Roland Conklin for his wife Rosemary starting in 1912. The estate’s mansion burned down in the 1990’s.
Currently, the space is mostly overgrown. Fortunately, a number of efforts throughout the decades since the space fell into disrepair have kept the trees from getting too large and the general condition of the stone work and terraces is excellent.
The organization’s goals over the next several years are to:
- Clear the space so it is accessible
- Use the space this summer for a theatre camp for students
- Start professional performances in the space next summer
- Continue to restore the space until it echoes its former glory and becomes a permanent and important fixture of the region
To get started, they have scheduled a cleanup weekend for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. Volunteers will be needed to help both days, with Saturday being the longer of the two days. Activities will include: pulling weeds, cutting brush, clearing growth, yanking vines, hauling trees, and generally reclaiming the site from nature. Tools will not be required, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools remembering to mark them with their names. Volunteers should bring work gloves, dress appropriately and bring bug repellant to apply before working. There will be volunteers of all ages there, so it will be a fun activity for families to do together if they are interested.
Stages on the Sound is a 501(c)3 organization, and they carry their own volunteer accident insurance.
Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. There will be plenty of parking at the seminary (in the side lot) but a bit of a walk to the theatre. They expect to finish around 6 p.m. Volunteers are invited to work for all or part of the day as their schedule allows.
Lunch, snacks and drinks for all volunteers will be provided.
Volunteers are welcome to join the group for dinner in the seminary on Saturday evening.
Additionally, the group is hoping to host a social to show off some of the history of the space and to talk about their plans for the future. Local volunteers are welcome to come to the Seminary on Friday night for that social event, if they wish, and then join the group the next morning for the cleanup. The social will probably be around 8:30 p.m.
If work progresses as planned, a smaller number of volunteers will be needed on Sunday to help with grass seed planting and to spread straw over the seeded areas. This work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until it is finished. It is possible that some cleanup will remain if it is not all accomplished on Saturday.
Volunteers are asked to RSVP to Will Ditterline, Artistic Director for Stages on the Sound, at:
On the days of the cleanup, Will can be reached at 917-306-6895