On Saturday, November 20, Alumnae Theatre received a plaque from Heritage Toronto – in honour of firehall no.4 and the theatre company that lobbied to save it from demolition in the early 70s and made it their home. And that would be – us!
Folks were invited to the theatre for the 4 p.m. event, which featured various guest speakers and a reception, along with an invitation to come back to see Hedda Gabler that evening.
Alumnae President Barbara Larose acted as MC, introducing Heritage Toronto rep Robert Prowse, Alumnae members Norma Crawford and Molly Thom (who negotiated with the City to make firehall no.4 our home), and retired firefighter/firehall historian Gary Wignall (who provided the history of the building for a Write Now challenge last year, and for the plaque event). Barbara also read a note from Alumnae neighbourhood City Councillor Pam McConnell, who wasn’t able to attend.
The reception that followed was catered by The Danish Connection, with warm cider and mulled wine (the latter courtesy of Alum gal/Program Committee Chair Tabitha Keast). And big thanks to VP Theatre Manager Catherine Spence for organizing this event.
The plaque is off with the Heritage Toronto folks, who will be back to install it. I hear it will likely be going on the Berkeley side of the building, between the windows.
Photos courtesy of Rick Jones. Top to bottom: Barbara Larose and Robert Prowse; Molly Thom and Norma Crawford; Catherine Spence and Gary Wignall; the plaque.