Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

July 10, 2013

Huffman accepts national award for Palace Theatre restoration

Corsicana —

The chairman of the Palace Theatre Renovation Committee found himself center stage recently to accept an honor for the local theatre.

Lloyd Huffman of Corsicana was recently presented with the “Member of the Year” award from the Theatre Historical Society, a national organization that encourages and celebrates the preservation of historic movie “palaces.”

Huffman was presented with the award at the group’s conclave held in June in Schenectady, N.Y., in recognition of how the arts community has benefited locally from the work done restoring the Palace.

The group meets annually at different locations across the country to visit old theatres that have gone through restoration.

Huffman said the Palace became involved with the national organization back when restoration efforts on the Palace began, in an effort to learn more about historic theatre restoration from other groups that had gone through the process.

“We found out real quick that the best way to renovate the Palace was to go visit other theatres,” Huffman said. The different tours offered at the group’s annual conclave, he said, is why he keeps going back each year.

“We picked up some great tips on what to do, and just as important, some great tips on what not to do,” he added.

Huffman said at the group’s 2012 gathering in California, a video documenting the Palace restoration was played on tour bus rides between the theatres on the tour.

“I guess it was that video that made their decision (for the award),” Huffman said.

And the award, Huffman said, was a complete surprise.

“They asked when I came up this year to say a few words at the banquet about what’s happened with the Palace since the renovation. I said ‘Sure, we can do that,” Huffman said.

“Lo and behold, that’s what they had planned,” he said of the award. “They were sneaky about that.”

Huffman said over 100 people attended this year’s conclave, with representation from all over the world, including Australia, France, England and New Zealand,

Huffman accepted the award on behalf of fellow committee members Robert Herod and Tim Brady, along with the many volunteers who helped transform a derelict building into an elegant center for performances located in the center of the Corsicana Arts District.

The 2013-2014 Palace Theatre season includes in its lineup the “Grits and Glamour Tour” featuring Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, Ed Asner as FDR, Logan/Walters Harp Duo, Sweet Charity, the Harlem Gospel Choir, Herman’s Hermits, and Hot Club of Cowtown.

For membership and ticket information, call the Palace at 903-874-7792.

     —————

Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • 4-16-14 WestCenter.jpg Remembering West: Ceremony to mark first anniversary

    In April 2013, the city of West was forever changed after an explosion at a fertilizer plant killed 15 people and altered the landscape of the tiny Texas town. A year after that deadly blast, the city will stop to remember that fateful day and pay tribute to those who were lost, including Navarro County firefighter Perry Calvin, one of the first responders killed by the blast.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Navarro College seeks public input at Town Hall event

    Community perception of the role Navarro College plays, and how it can better serve Corsicana and Navarro County is the goal of a Town Hall meeting called at the college for Monday, April 21. The town hall presentation will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Richard M. Sanchez Library on the Corsicana campus.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-16-14 DowntownHop.jpg Annual 'Hop Downtown' Easter party Thursday

    The Easter Bunny will once again be making its annual pre-Easter stop in Corsicana Thursday for an appearance at the Downtown Corsicana “Hop Downtown” party. The event is taking place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with activities up and down Beaton Street in downtown Corsicana.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14 Derrick Days meeting.jpg Countdown to Derrick Days

    A small town hosting a big event like Derrick Days takes a lot of volunteers, coordination and details — lots and lots of details. That's what Tuesday's meeting of the Derrick Days Committee consisted of, nailing down the last-minute wrinkles to make sure things run smoothly next week.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police advise caution with roof repair

    After the hail storm Monday, the Corsicana Police Department began receiving several calls from citizens reporting roofing contractors going door to door soliciting to inspect and repair roofs from possible hail damage.

    April 15, 2014

  • Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings

    Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 TaxDay.jpg Ready for the IRS?

    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. If you're due a refund — and about three-fourths of filers get refunds — April 15 isn't much of a deadline at all.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15-14 Hail6.jpg ‘All Hail Corsicana’ - Monday storms, Tuesday freeze?

    A Monday morning thunderstorm in the aftermath of Sunday's stormy weather in Texas brought hail up to golf ball in size to parts of Navarro County. And that storm — typical of spring and summertime weather in Texas — preceded by less than 24 hours a forecast of expected near-freezing temperatures.

    April 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • City OK’s electronic billboard

    The Corsicana City Council is going to tell the city's story in a big, big way — on a 48 foot wide electronic billboard on Interstate 45. The council approved the purchase and construction of the new sign Monday, one that will help promote city events and attractions, and hopefully attract visitors — and their dollars — to the city's businesses and events.

    April 14, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Hollomon award.jpg Funding sought to upgrade dam on Chatfield Road

    The Navarro County Soil Conservation Commission is seeking some funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put into a dam out on Chatfield Road, according to a vote taken Monday at the Navarro County Commissioners meeting.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Twitter Updates