Vernon Community Arts Center honors Ellen Marmer
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
The Vernon Community Arts Center's Board of Directors honored one of its own at its meeting on Nov. 20. Dr. Ellen Marmer was presented with two plaques to mark her contributions to creating the center.
VCAC President Paul Shimer said the center was really Marmer's vision. “When she was mayor of the town of Vernon,” Shimer said, “it was her vision that we should use this wonderful building as the Vernon Community Arts Center.”
The center is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike, in a building that was formerly a schoolhouse. The building was originally constructed in 1927, and contained two classrooms, with an auditorium/lunch room in the basement. Renovation of the building began in June of 2011, and the center officially opened on June 9, 2012.
The total project cost is $1.7 million, and is fully-funded through two state grants.
Shimer said he and Marmer met in February of 2005 at the building, along with abutting property owners, including members of the Vernon Police Department, to discuss the possibilities of whether the center could be located there. “We had a grant to look at a feasibility study that had been obtained by the town of Vernon, and we went forward from there,” Shimer said. “Dr. Marmer has not only been a visionary, but has also been very generous to the center. It has been considerable.”
Marmer said it “does her heart good” to see the center functioning, and that while she appreciates the honor, she was quick to point out others who worked hard and contributed to bringing the center to fruition.
“There were a lot of people interested in making this happen,” she said.
For more information, visit www.vernonarts.org.