The State of things to come

Hey, Sandusky, let's put on a show! Let's have crowds of people downtown, let's have the lights lit up, let's have a
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Hey, Sandusky, let's put on a show!

Let's have crowds of people downtown, let's have the lights lit up, let's have a little bit of trouble finding a parking place and a little bit of a hike to something worth seeing.

In other words, welcome back, State Theatre.

We've had some music and we'll have some comedy. The recharged board of directors and the new director, Costin Manu, promise more -- and not only more shows, but more kinds of shows, looking for ways to make sure everyone in Sandusky knows the State is their theater.

Hey, even if you don't go to the show, it's kind of fun to see the marquee lit up and the people bustling about downtown dressed for a fun night out.

It's been eclectic, from the promised country comedy show to last month's Black History Month motorcade and program. On the slate are big-ticket items and free-ticket items, and we hope the downtown businesses will ride the coattails whenever the State brings people downtown.

The State's just one piece of the puzzle, of course, but we need all the pieces to keep Sandusky viable for the next generation: Cultural opportunities as evidenced by the State, social and business opportunities as evidenced by the efforts of Young Professionals, highlighted in Monday's paper; just plain things to do, as we, in this space a few weeks ago, challenged Sandusky's young people to build for themselves.

No one piece will be the panacea, but all the pieces will be needed. We need to restore a vibrancy to Sandusky's life and the only way to do that is to let everything and everyone mix it up together and see what works, and hope for a few minds discerning enough to see what's working coupled with a few mouths big enough to make sure the rest of us see it.

But crucial to making that work is making sure people want to stick around, and having a place for the mind to play is important to that.

And we're glad to hear the State's voice added to the happy noise.