Christmas concert raises funds for Opera House

Donation matching program runs through January

Through her presentation of “Christmas in the Village,” a holiday concert at the Amherst Opera House December 2, Janet Glodowski presented members of the Amherst Opera House Co. Guild, Inc., with a check for $3,500. “Janet and all the volunteers and choir members did an exceptional job,” said Amherst Opera Guild President Tom Parker. “The Amherst Opera House Co. Guild is very appreciative of the donation and, as importantly, we are thrilled to have been able to see our 120-year-old building filled to the brim with happy, joyous villagers once again.

“Approximately 170 were in attendance for the exceptional performance. This was the largest crowd in the Amherst Opera House since the doors were re-opened in late 2017 and most likely the largest crowd since the mid-to-late-1960s. This donation will go a long way in our continued restoration efforts.

“Former area resident Jerome Guyant is offering to match all donations received through the end of January. All funds raised along with this donation will be applied to our ongoing restoration process. Most recently, new furnaces were installed by John Kowalski. Our current project is to replace all of the basement windows and exterior doors, interior plaster repair, install attic insulation, and install ceiling fans. This ongoing project has a budget of approximately $45,000, of which we have raised about $38,000 so far.”

For more information on the Opera House and the matching fundraiser, visit

Left to right: Amherst Opera Guild Vice President Bob Rausch, President Tom Parker, Janet Glodowski, Secretary/Treasurer Peggy Parker, and Board Member Ida Frizzell.


Estimated as the largest crowd in the Opera House since the 1960s, more than 170 people attended the “Christmas in the Village” concert December 2.

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