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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  33

Joint resolution congratulating the centennial anniversary of the Chandler Center for the Arts and designating August 20, 2007 as Chandler Center for the Arts Day

Offered by:  Representatives French of Randolph and Hutchinson of Randolph

Whereas, one hundred years ago, Colonel Albert B. Chandler built a music hall in his hometown of Randolph as a lasting legacy and as his vision of the community’s future, and

Whereas, Chandler Music Hall thrived as a performance space under the leadership of Edgar Salisbury until the 1927 flood limited its offerings through the post‑World War II years to high school plays and Halloween parties, and

Whereas, in 1968, the Randolph Singers had the courage to produce Pirates of Penzance, the first of many musicals, at the then‑deteriorating Chandler Music Hall that the town had shown the wisdom not to dismantle, and

Whereas, a legion of individuals, including Martha and Everett Ostlund, John and Cynthia Jackson, Red and Irma Hartigan, Hannah Jeffery, Karl Miller, and many others, whose joint efforts led to the formation of the Friends of Chandler Music Hall, demonstrated great vision in leading the successful restoration effort, and

Whereas, the Friends of Chandler Music Hall became the Chandler Cultural Foundation, and it continued the restoration process and developed a creative program schedule that complemented the center’s physical rehabilitation, and Bill Markle generously underwrote the first program director’s salary for one year, and

Whereas, the board of the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the Chandler’s and the municipally appointed board of trustees merged in 2002, becoming the Chandler Center for the Arts, and

Whereas, Chandler has collaborated with other organizations on important community projects that brought the AIDS quilt to the Chandler Gallery and a collaboration involving poet Verandah Porche and Gifford Medical Center, and

Whereas, Chandler’s dedication to classical music and the music hall’s exceptional acoustics were displayed when the famous violinist Midori performed one of her first Partners in Performance concerts in the Chandler, and

Whereas, local musicians and artists are featured through the commissioning of new music, locally based performances of classic works, and through the Chandler Gallery’s annual local artists’ show, and

Whereas, Chandler celebrates its strong relationship with the town of Randolph through a generous long-term lease with the town and the recent passage of a $750,000.00 bond vote to bring the building fully up to safety and accessibility codes, and

Whereas, the expansion of regional arts offerings at Chandler in the past two decades has emerged due to dedicated individual donors and the generosity of the business community, and

Whereas, over 15,000 people come to Randolph annually for Chandler events, and these activities are major regional economic contributors and, for 100 years, individuals have found Chandler to be a wonderful place to share cultural events, and

Whereas, Chandler board chair Janet Watton has a clear vision for the hall’s next century, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends the Chandler Center for the Arts on its centennial anniversary and designates August 20, 2007 as Chandler Center for the Arts Day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Janet Watton at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.   


____________________________                     Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


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Brian E. Dubie                                                Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                  Clerk, House of Representatives



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont