Visitors to Meaford Hall over the past few months have no doubt noticed the new bar in the south gallery.
The Meaford Hall and Culture Foundation paid for the addition of the bar and it has a huge improvement for patrons seeking refreshments before shows and during intermissions. The bar opens up plenty of space and allows for two servers to be working at a time. Prior to the bar being built patrons had to line up at a small door to get refreshments. “We think from the business and customer service points of view having something other than a speak easy door to serve clients makes sense,” Foundation President Rod MacAlpine said. Local resident Tim Singbeil built the new bar and it fits in well with the décor in the south gallery. “He did a great job. Tim certainly is a craftsman,” MacAlpine said. The bar allows Meaford Hall to have two local beers available on draft – Kilannan and Duxbury Cider. The bar is also well stocked with local wine from Coffin Ridge. “This facilitates two bartenders in a much more efficient way,” said Hall Manager Susan Lake. “Right now, we’re just waiting on a licence for the Opera House.” Having the Opera House licensed will allow patrons to take their refreshments to their seats. All the paperwork has been submitted for the licence. “It will make everything better for patrons.” Beside the bar and throughout both galleries patrons will notice new drapes on the windows. These drapes add more than class to the space but contribute to the acoustics of the space by acting as sound baffles. Those renting the space are sure to have an improved experience. Since 2006 the Foundation has donated $400,000 to capital projects at Meaford Hall.