First Day of Kickstarter: Why Perry?
Good morning world!
This is our first day on Kickstarter and already we've been humbled by the generosity of our supporters. Thank you everyone who has donated.
Here at Shake on the Lake, we want to share theater with our local community. Josh and I grew up in Perry, New York in Wyoming County. Our town is quite rural, in fact, we often say that cows outnumber people 10:1. Perry also has an incredible amount of natural beauty imbued by Silver Lake, Letchworth State Park and the rolling hills of the Genesee Valley.
Our community has always been unique. The Arts Council for Wyoming County has its headquarters on Main Street Perry. Imagine in a town of 3,500, we have a year-round, full-time art gallery that hosts musical, film and cultural programs. How lucky are we! It's not unusual to drive through town and see a herd of cars parked on Main Street for the classic film series or a musical performance.
In the past ten years, Perry has been undergoing a bit of a Renaissance. Courtesy of a strong influx of young professionals, Perry-ites who have remained & returned to the area and a supportive community, the town has an energy that Josh and I haven't seen since we were really young. In the past two years, nearly ten businesses have opened on Main Street Perry and about 60% of them founded by someone under forty! We have an independent bookstore (Burlingham Books), a butcher (Canaan's Butcher's Block), outdoor store (Silver Trail Outfitters) and a high-end salon (SLB salon + boutique), just to name a few.
Josh and I decided that a festival like Shake on the Lake would be a perfect addition to the cultural landscape of Perry. If you think that rural areas deserve good art, good theatre, good culture and good opportunities, then helping Shake on the Lake get off the ground would be a great way to support community and grassroots arts.
Pilar McKay, Organizer of Shake on the Lake
[Photo Courtesy of Perry Main Street Association]