TREE TRIBUTE Ornament series to embrace New Port Richey history
NEW PORT RICHEY — A native of New Port Richey, Kelly Hackman wanted some special way to display her love of the city’s history and local lore.
“It was my dream to develop a series of ornaments for New Port Richey” suitable for Christmas trees or around homes, Hackman said in a press release. Plus, she wanted a way to promote the mid-December opening of her business, White Heron Tea & Gifts.
Richey Suncoast Theatre is immortalized in the first in a series of ornaments.
“There are so many beautiful and historic buildings in our area,” Hackman explained, “and so many people that love them. What better way to encapsulate our history than to create an ornament each year to celebrate a different building?”
The theater bore the name of Meighan Theatre when it opened in 1926. The name paid tribute to Thomas Meighan, the famous silent film star of the era who had adopted New Port Richey as “his favorite Florida city.”
When Meighan Theatre opened, the first motion picture showed was “The New Klondike,” a movie about Florida’s boom times, starring Meighan.
After several name changes, such as The Vogue and The Cinema, in 1972 the Suncoast Young People’s Theatre Inc. took over operation of the theater and has been running it under its present name ever since.
The theater now stages community-based plays in the region, as well as several special performances throughout the year.
“This gives everyone an opportunity to put a piece of the theater in their home and enjoy it for years to come,” Marie Skelton, the executive director of the theater, said.
Ornaments are cut brass and come in both gold and silver finishes. They range in price from $14.95 in a plain box to $16.95 in a decorative box. Each ornament also contains a small history sheet about the theater.
There are a limited number of ornaments available and a portion of the proceeds of each ornament will be donated to the Richey Suncoast Theatre to support its many programs.
Ornaments will be available at White Heron Tea & Gifts, 6228 Grand Blvd., by mid-December.
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Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions | 727-710-0286 | www.YourHomeTampaBay.com