State Bailout Saves Pennsylvania's Mountain Laurel Center

Classic Arts News   State Bailout Saves Pennsylvania's Mountain Laurel Center
 
The Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, an outdoor venue in the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, nearly canceled its 2005 season this week but received a last-minute infusion of state cash, the Allentown Morning Call reports.

The Mountain Laurel Center, intended as the summer home of the Pittsburgh Symphony, has struggled since it opened in 2003, suffering from poor management, construction delays, and debt. The state of Pennsylvania is currently looking into allegations of financial improprieties.

According to the Morning Call, officials concluded at a meeting on Thursday that the center did not have enough cash to stage a 2005 season, and might have to shut down altogether. A half hour later, however, a state official called to say that Governor Ed Rendell had granted the center $250,000; state legislators agreed to add another $125,000.

"It's enough to make our [recovery] plan work," said CEO Richard Bryant. "This is a red-letter day."


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