Enjoy a night out at the Pomerene Center

| January 7, 2013

COSHOCTON – The Pomerene Center for the Arts is the place to be on the first Friday of the month April through October.

“Our Rent Parties are a nice social time in a wonderful old house,” said Anne Cornell, director of the Pomerene Center.

The parties are held at 7 p.m. and include music, snacks and beverages all for a $10 donation per person. There is an additional $3 fee for food, but coffee and water are provided free of charge and guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages.

“Bring your friends and come have a good time,” Cornell said.

The Rent Parties are a fundraiser for the Pomerene Center just like they were during Prohibition time in Harlem, N.Y.

“Rent in Harlem went sky high when blacks started moving from the south to the north so people started opening their apartments, moving furniture to the side and dancing to music and playing cards,” Cornell said. “The parties helped pay the rent and they also brought with them their rich musical culture.”

 Proceeds from the Rent Parties help the Pomerene Center pay its utility bills.

“They are really a significant help in taking care of this old house, which is really a community building,” Cornell said.

 January’s Rent Party featured Half Moon and February’s will include entertainment by Detroit Klutch.

 “They are a blues group from Zanesville and this will be their first time at a Rent Party,” Cornell said. “It will be a great night of blues music.”

 The next Rent Party is Friday, Feb. 1 and you can make reservations by calling 622-0326.

 “If you can’t bring your friends with you come anyway,” Cornell said. “We are open and friendly here.”

 Kristi Timmons, assistant director at the Pomerene Center, loves the atmosphere of the Rent Parties.

 “It’s a fun place to enjoy local music and relax on a Friday night,” she said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!