|From 2006 06 Salzburg|
Do you remember the opening scene in "The Sound of Music" where Julie Andrews runs through an alpine meadow singing the movie's theme song? Well, if Julie Andrews ever comes to Collin County to give a concert, it'll be the same story here. Only without the scenery. She'll have to find some open cotton field to sing in because there aren't any alpine meadows ... or first class concert halls.
A long-troubled plan to build a performance hall in Collin County took one more step towards extinction this week. Originally called the "Arts of Collin County," it was troubled from the start, when voters in McKinney decided not to participate. Somewhere along the way, it was renamed the "Arts Center of North Texas." Then, last year, voters in Frisco voted to pull out, leaving only Plano and Allen.
After the jump, this week's bad news.
This week, Plano and Allen asked for a list of assets of the project, presumably to plan to liquidate and dissolve the project. Given that the land itself makes up a big part of the assets, and will probably be returned to its donor and targeted for other redevelopment, Julie Andrews might find herself without even an open cotton field in Collin County to perform in.
That's where Richardson comes in. A year ago, when I first blogged about Collin County's troubles, I saw Richardson's Eisemann Center as a potential winner. Julie Andrews can perform here in Richardson in a performance hall up to the demands of world-class musical performances.
In response to that blog post a year ago, I learned something about the Eisemann Center that might do a little to raise the spirits of arts lovers in Collin County. The Collin County line is farther south than I realized. In fact, it runs right through the center of Richardson's Eisemann Center! So, arts lovers of Collin County, come on down. Park in the adjoining parking garage, attend a concert in the Hill Performance Hall, maybe even use the rest rooms and do it all without ever leaving Collin County, right here in Richardson.