Lacombe Performing Arts Centre hosts grand opening

Former Trinity Lutheran Church becomes Lacombe’s home for the performing arts

The former Trinity Lutheran Church is now officially the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) after an official ceremony was held to recognize the hand-over.

Grant Harder, Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation (LPACF) board member, said it is a fantastic day for the performing arts in Lacombe.

“It has been a little while in the making but we are here, we are open and now our goal is to keep it busy and put some cheeks in the seats,” he said.

The grand opening comes after a funding arrangement that helps lower LPACF’s mortgage payments was voted unanimously for at Lacombe City Council. The official announcement also comes with the unveiling of new branding for Performing Arts Centre.

“We have a new logo that we are unveiling and a new website coming right away. We are now the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre, so we want to get away from the old C4 Initiative branding and start fresh,” Harder said.

The handover is bittersweet for the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation, but the handover was made easier by the fact it is going to the arts. Congregation member Trudy Hand said her mother was part of the original congregation when the church opened in 1958.

The church was originally a small white church, but the congregation purchased its current location 16 years ago after they outgrew their previous location.

“We were overflowing, so we got this church from the Baptists and we have been here for 16 years. Many memories were made,” hand said.

Hand said it was a hard choice to sell the church but said it is for a good cause.

“Her dream is done with and now LPAC is fulfilling her dreams — she loved music,” she said.

The congregation will operate within the church for an indeterminate time. Hand said there is currently 15-20 members.

Harder said they have been working with the congregation for the last year and already have a great relationship

“We can cohabit easily and we have been doing it for awhile now,” he said.

As for the Performing Arts Centre, Harder said, “It is all roses, sunshine and rock n’ roll”



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

PODCAST: Political Scientist Marc Froese discusses the results of the Federal Election

Western alienation, results, minority governments and more highlight this week’s The Expert podcast

Blaine Calkins takes the seat for Red-Deer Lacombe

With 50 per cent of the riding counted, Calkins has over 21,000 votes

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

Red Deer-Lacombe candidate “thrilled” voters loved People’s Party of Canada platform

Laura-Lynn Thompson attended a results party at Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club on Oct. 21

WATCH: 6th Bill’s Trail Run welcomes over 450 runners

Run advocates for the use and upkeep of Lacombe’s trails

Husky Energy lays off staff to align with lower spending plans and strategy

Company had 5,157 permanent employees at end of 2018, according to regulatory filing

‘Issue-by-issue parliament’: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective

Scandals, social issues, racism defined 2019 federal election, SFU prof says

‘Wexit’ talk percolates day after Liberals returned to power with minority

An online petition is calling for a western alliance and Alberta to separate

Opposition to Trans Mountain won’t change, B.C. minister says

Pipeline projects proceed under minority Trudeau government

Alleged RCMP secret leaker must stay with B.C. parents while on bail

Cameron Ortis, 47, is charged with violating the Security of Information Act

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

VIDEO: Final trailer for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ debuts

Last instalment in Skywalker saga to hit theatres Dec. 20

Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

Most Read