During Monday’s County Commission meeting, State Senator Art Kirkendoll was in attendance to grant a great reward to the Aracoma Story, Inc.: a Governor’s community Participation Grant of $10,000.
There to accept the award was Chairman of the Board Liz Spurlock and two of the serving board members, Gary Hylton and President Diana O’Briant.
“I’m proud to announce bringing home $10,000 to the County Commission to make improvements to the amphitheater in Chief Logan State Park.”
Senator Kirkendoll said he has been working with the Aracoma Story for years; his previous job on the Logan County Commission put him in contact with Dr. Morgan Spurlock who always insisted, any time they were looking at any kind of funding mechanism, never to forget the Aracoma Story.
“My colleagues in the senate, and everywhere else all across the state, brag on the park, the amphitheater, the productions and the shows,” Kirkendoll said. “I’m very proud to bring extra money here to make some marked improvements.”
The Logan County Commission has been very influential in the success of the Aracoma Story.
Two years ago, when Kirkendoll was working on the County Commission, the Aracoma Story had some really tough problems: the stage had deteriorated; they were experiencing water problems, etc. The commission granted them money to fix the problems, and to get a new sound system and lighting system.
“I’m very proud to bring this home and I’ll continue to try to bring a little back next year,” says Kirkendoll. “It’s a landmark of the county.”
Along with the Governor’s Community Participation Grant, the Aracoma Story, Inc. requested assistance from the commission to make improvements on difficulties they faced this past winter.
O’Briant addressed the commission: “On behalf of the Aracoma Story, I would like to thank the commission for the monies that we just received. However, we would like to also express that we’ve had a really bad winter and with that we had one pipe that broke loose. When we prepared this pipe, and we went to turn everything back on, the pressure from the park (there was no regulator on it) tore every pipe that we had up: the bathrooms, the commodes, the showers, the concession stand… so many areas.”
O’Briant asked the commissions assistance because most of the money they use for the shows was spent on repairs for the water lines.
The commission granted the Aracoma Story an extra $20,000.
“I have been to the productions of the Aracoma Story on various occasions,” President Danny Godby said. “I know we are athletes and we help fund athletic teams, but the fine arts, as far as these showings, are such a great attribute to our county.
“We’re happy and thankful for the good job that you’ve done. Let me say, it provides a lot of enjoyment for the people throughout our county and others. And the times I’ve been there, it’s really been tremendous.”
The Aracoma Story’s first show of the summer is Children of Eden: a biblical play based on the book of Genesis, from Adam and Eve to Noah’s Ark.