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Problems revealed as Waldo Theatre replaces roof; restoration begins, fundraising continues

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:15am

WALDOBORO — The Waldo’s much needed new roof is on. The crew from Coastal Copper and Slate, Inc. did a thorough and fine job of replacing rotten sheathing, sealing up, and preparing the theatre for a weather-tight future.  

When the old roof was removed, many problems were revealed. A section of the roof sheathing was rotted. This affected a roof timber below it, which is now safely repaired thanks to Building Committee member Jim Derby’s vigilance and quick response.

There was also more water damage to the interior plaster walls then expected, which was discovered when the moisture-damaged 85-year-old fabric and acoustical material on the rear balcony walls was removed. It was very clear that the roof was long past its shelf life and the board made the right decision in making this their first priority.

Now that the roof is in place, the Waldo board has shifted its focus to interior restoration — starting with replastering, and hiring an executive director.

As the new roof was going up, community members gathered on a chilly March Saturday to take down damaged sound absorption materials and wall plaster from the balcony railing wall and the rear wall. Workers came from as far away as Tenants Harbor and Round Pond to help, and Charlotte Davenhill at Tidemark Gallery and Cafe kept everyone warm and well fed.

The crew found more than expected damage in the walls behind the acoustic fabric. They removed water logged plaster to prep for much needed wall and ceiling repairs, after which the replacement acoustical materials work can begin.

In addition, green room restoration materials were delivered so that insulation and new sheetrock work can begin there, and the theatre seats were evaluated to determined repair and upholstery needs. The board is grateful for the many ways the community is stepping up to restore and reopen The Waldo.

Along with building restoration, fundraising continues. It’s not too late to get tickets for the Monday, May 27, Adam Ezra Group and Oshima Brothers concert at Lincoln Theater. This is a benefit for the Waldo.

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will be donated to the effort to open the doors at The Waldo. This event is sponsored by The First National Bank, Tidewater Telecom, Chapman & Chapman Insurance, and Tops’l Farm.

Tickets can be purchased at Milling Around (67 Main Street in Newcastle), Skidompha Library, Waldoboro Public Library or on the phone with Bobby Whear at 207-441-2313.