Weigand says the organization doesn’t often have stars performing, but, they have musicians. Leo Kottke, who Weigand regards as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, will be performing at the venue later this month, as well as Josh Ritter, a contemporary artist.
Not only are there musicians at this venue, there is also opera. The Avalon Theatre has two satellite dishes on its building, producing a live feed of the opera playing at The Metropolitan Opera. Not only are the guests able to watch a live stream of the opera, they are able to go back stage and talk to performers at The Avalon Theatre during breaks. Organizers say the theatre typically sees 140-300 people for a Saturday opera show.
“We are the only performing arts theater in Maryland that does the opera in HD,” Weigand said.
On top of 200 shows through out the season and community events, the Avalon Theatre holds one of the area’s largest painting festivals, the Plein Air Compeition and Arts Festival. This festival gives artists a chance to go outside and paint all week. The artists will complete 20 paintings throughout the week and submit two for the competition.
Painters are juried in for this event and last year’s painter was Kip Forbes from Forbes magazine. Weigand says this event draws about 8,000 people to the downtown area.
On top of these many events, Avalon Theatre’s community outreach program brings in 400 kids just about every month to see a performance they may not be able to see otherwise. The organization also hosts the Multicultural Festival and runs the public access television in Easton.
The Avalon Theatre
The Avalon Theatre located in Easton, Md. was completed in 1922 at a cost of $100,000, immediately becoming, “The Showplace of the Eastern Shore.”