This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center.
Newcomerstown Historical Society officials said that the recent birthday celebration included the presentation of the Society’s very own version of the 1970s country and western television hit, Hee Haw. Officials said that the Hee Haw presentation was once again a big sell-out. The society initially presented Hee Haw at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center several years ago during Newcomerstown’s First Night celebration, and it was deemed a huge hit with the community then.
The society recognized the following persons for helping to make the birthday celebration, and Hee Haw presentation the huge success that it was; Jeff Eggleston/ The Feed Barn, Peggy Snyder, Dave Boyer, Marlene Ross, Chestnut Hill Bluegrass (Mark Hardesty, Duane Hardesty, Clenda Hardesty, Rodney Hardesty, Glenn Schultz), Bob & Martha Casterline, David Boyer, Elaine Rose, Elaine Mayenschein, Tiffany Camburn, Harley & Marianne Dakin, Ray McFadden, Chris Hart, Vane Scott IV, Peggy Shook, Pat Snader, Carla Hall, Sue Bowman, Kitten Crater, Kathy Ellis, Judy Goettge, Kathy Maurer,/ Second Hand Hannah, Carl Hinds, John Ourant.
The Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center was originally the vision of former Society members, the late Vane & Barbara Scott. The Scott’s wanted a place for the community to enjoy Newcomerstown’s history, as well as be able to enjoy entertainment in a "dinner theater style" atmosphere, hence the Mary Hayes Dinner Theater marquee that is part of the display in the museum. The Olde Main Street Museum is now able to prepare meals for their events on-site since the new kitchen facility was added last year. Prior to that time the Society had to rely on food catering from outside of the museum for many of their past events.
Some of the upcoming events at the museum include the annual fundraiser, chicken dinner which will be held July 19, and Ray McFadden and Chris Hart will feature "The Last Customer" on August 2-3. This is a repeat of the earlier performance that was sold out. So for anyone that missed that first performance can have a chance to see it.
The museum officially opens May 30, and has new hours. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Historical Society holds its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each month.