“It is a lot of work, a lot of satisfaction and a lot of fun,” said Newberry Opera House Guild President Peggie West as she welcomed a group of potential new members to the guild meeting Tuesday.
The guild held a reception Tuesday to thank its hard working members for what they have done and to host potential members that may want to join the group.
The opera house guild started in 2004 as an organization to raise money to help keep the facility running.
Since 2004 the group has given more than $177,000 to the opera house. The staff has been able to use the money for general needs and operations.
West told the crowd that the opera house was a drawing card for the area and brings economic development to the community.
The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and the majority of the meetings are held at the opera house.
Guild membership is open to anyone and the dues are $35 a month.
“We are open to anyone who wants to make a better community for our children and families,” said West.
Coming off of a year where the group gave more money that ever to the opera house, the group has many fundraising projects this year.
On July 21 the group will host a bake sale at the farmers market in Memorial Park.
During Oktoberfest the group again will host a beer tasting at the festival.
In November the group will host its annual oyster roast that is open to the community.
And in December they will decorate the tree at the opera house.
As the group mixed and mingled, West says the group does lots of work but being a member is also a good excuse to socialize and get together.