“David Howson accepts The Adirondack Community Service Award on behalf of William Hollister, Sr. Manager, Government Affairs, Amtrak and Jay Green, District Manager, Station Operations, Amtrak at the Depot Theatre Summer fundraiser. Photo Credit: Betsy Bacot-Aigner”

WESTPORT — On August 3, the Depot Theatre hosted its Summer Benefit and inaugurated the presentation of two new distinguished awards. “We created the Adirondack Arts Leadership Award and Adirondack Community Service Award because we want to honor those who have contributed to the community and the arts in our region,” said Amy McNamara, President of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees.

The Adirondack Arts Leadership Award, which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the arts in the North Country, was presented to Connie Meng, announcer and former theatre critic of NCPR. Connie served as the theatre critic-at-large for NCPR for 19 years. Putting in countless miles and hours traveling to theatres, Connie was and continues to be a champion for theatres large and small all over the North Country, parts of Canada, and Western Vermont. After a successful career on and off Broadway as an actor and conductor, Connie relocated to her hometown of Canton.

"Retired theatre critic Connie Meng accepts The Adirondack Arts Leadership Award from Amy McNamara, President of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees, at the Depot Theatre summer fundraiser. Photo Credit: Betsy Bacot-Aigner."

“Retired theatre critic Connie Meng accepts The Adirondack Arts Leadership Award from Amy McNamara, President of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees, at the Depot Theatre summer fundraiser. Photo Credit: Betsy Bacot-Aigner.”

The Adirondack Community Service Award honors individuals for service in the larger community and this year was presented to two recipients: William Hollister, Sr. Manager, Government Affairs, Amtrak and Jay Green, District Manager, Station Operations, Amtrak. Together, Bill and Jay, through their work at Amtrak, enhance the vitality of our region by connecting communities from New York City to Montreal and everywhere in-between. The presence of daily train passenger service to Westport and the greater Adirondacks, provides residents and visitors with opportunities to experience the natural beauty and culture that exists year-round in our towns and villages.

The Summer Benefit was held on August 3 at the Westport home of Depot Theatre Trustee Cheri Phillips and featured entertainment by the cast of The Taffetas, which opens on August 11. Food was provided by My Cup of Tea Catering. Proceeds benefit operations and artistic programs for the Depot’s current season, its 39th.

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.