PlaneWave Instruments Open House features ragtime music, art and tours

ADRIAN – PlaneWave Instruments will host an open house on December 4 that will include more than tours of its telescope manufacturing facilities.

The River Raisin Ragtime Revue (R4) will present two performances, and the Adrian Center for the Arts will have its open house with original artwork for sale, press releases from PlaneWave and R4 said.

Tours of the PlaneWave campus, 1375 N. Main St. in Adrian, will begin at 9 a.m. The last visit will be at 4 p.m. Free tickets to the tours are now available on a first-come, first-served basis online at eventbrite. com. There is a maximum of 15 people per tour.

People joining the tours will meet directly behind the PlaneWave sign on North Main Street. After a brief overview and introduction to the offices, guests can choose to tour the facilities of PlaneWave, the ACA or the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, according to the release. Clients are encouraged to stay on campus to visit all three facilities or any combination. Food and beverages will be available for sale during the event.

Those who do not wish to tour are encouraged to visit the ACA or attend the R4 performances. Customers who do not register for the tours will not be able to see the facilities of PlaneWave or the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, the statement said.

R4’s performances will take place in the historic chapel that used to be part of the Adrian Training School campus. R4 and PlaneWave are working on renovating the chapel so that it can be used as performance space and offices for R4. The chapel was renamed Haviland Hall, in honor of Laura Haviland, a 19th-century educator and abolitionist who was instrumental in establishing the training school, which was a correctional facility for girls.

The R4 String Quartet will perform at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Haviland Hall. These will be R4’s first performances at Haviland Hall. The string quartet will play two concerts of light classical works and ragtime favourites. The free performances will allow the public to see the 1879 chapel in its unrenovated state before it began its transformation into a community performing arts venue.

The R4 String Quartet includes violinists Priscilla Johnson and Eliot Heaton, John Madison on viola and cellist Damon Coleman.

Eliot Heaton, violinist
John Madison, violist
Priscilla Johnson, violin
Damon Coleman, cellist

William Pemberton, Managing Director of R4, will be at Haviland Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about R4’s artistic mission and performance space plans. Architectural drawings of the proposed finished hall, images of past R4 performances, and merchandise from R4’s gift shop will be on display.

R4 and PlaneWave Instruments recently began planning the task of converting the chapel for use as a performing arts community center. R4 has already done considerable work on this project, developing a business plan that details the long-term sustainability of a new performing arts center in Lenawee County. The business plan includes an expansion of R4’s programming, particularly for local youth. It also includes the creation of two music festivals: the Maple Leaf Ragtime Festival and an annual Latin music festival, according to a statement. R4 met with community leaders, local foundations, and state agencies for help and advice on the project.

R4 and PlaneWave hired an architect who started the drawings for the renovation. A major grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts has been submitted and more will follow. There will be other opportunities to support this community art space as the project moves forward.

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