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WEILL CENTER ANNOUNCES ENHANCED
 SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR 2020-2021 SEASON

Safety procedures include mask-wearing, social distanced-seating and increased sanitation.

SHEBOYGAN, WI (July 7, 2020) – The Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,150-seat theater in Downtown Sheboygan, today announced plans to present a 2020-21 season with enhanced safety precautions. The new procedures prioritize the safety of patrons, performers, staff and volunteers while allowing the organization to resume providing live entertainment to the community.

“Live events will look different this season,” said Katy Glodosky, executive director at the Weill Center. “As we navigate these changes, we remain committed to providing a positive, safe and memorable experience for everyone in our theater.”

Patrons who choose to visit the Weill Center this season can expect the following:
  • Masks will be required for staff and volunteers.
  • Masks will be required for patrons unless seated. Once seated, masks will be encouraged. If a patron does not have a mask, one will be available for purchase.
  • Masks are NOT required for children age two years old and younger.
  • Capacity will be limited to 250 patrons (approximately 25 percent of venue capacity) to ensure social distancing can take place.
  • All seating will be reserved and socially distanced with at least two chairs and one row between each group.
  • Advanced ticket sales only. All tickets will be mailed to patrons. Mailing fees and phone/online convenience fees are currently waived.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the theater.
  • There will be increased cleaning and sanitization between performances using EPA-approved products.
  • Patrons recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or those feeling ill must stay home.

Changes have also been made to concessions, ticketing and restroom areas to encourage social distancing and provide a near touchless experience. Coat room access, meet and greet experiences and VIP receptions will not be available at this time. The theater’s HVAC system will run during events to circulate outside air into the theater, and doors will be propped open throughout the theater to promote air flow.

Patrons unable to wear a mask due to health reasons or those unable to return to the theater at this time should consider a Weill Center membership for access to a variety of virtual performances.

The Weill Center continues to work with agencies, artists and other venue partners from across the Midwest to ensure its procedures are aligned with evolving industry best practices. The theater also utilized current local, state and national reopening guidelines. As recommendations from health and government authorities continue to change, the theater will monitor, review and adjust as needed.

In addition, the Weill Center conducted a community survey to gather patrons’ feedback and sentiment for returning to the theater. This survey had 661 respondents. 58 percent of respondents were 61 years old and above. All results are public on the Weill Center website. Results showed:
  • 48 percent of respondents would likely return to the Weill Center if safety precautions are taken and 20 percent of respondents do not plan to return to the theater this fall;
  • 72 percent of respondents would wear a mask if required;  
  • The five most important precautions respondents want to see in place to make them feel comfortable attending a show this fall included: social distanced seating/capacity restrictions, hand sanitizer readily available, mask-wearing, social distancing around the theater, increased disinfecting between shows.

“We listened to the experts, the industry and our community to take precautions to make our space as safe as possible for those who want to return. Now, we trust and rely on our patrons to be kind and respectful to each other and come prepared to maintain social distance and wear a mask unless seated,” said Glodosky. “This is a learning process for us all. We thank our patrons in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Season events will be announced individually with ticket sales to follow. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (920) 208-3243 and in person at 826 N 8th Street. The ticket office is now open Mondays and Wednesdays 12 - 4 p.m. Masks are required.

For more information on safety procedures or to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit weillcenter.com/information/covid19. Additional questions can be sent to info@weillcenter.com.

About the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts
The Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater in Downtown Sheboygan, WI. Each year, the venue hosts a series of live performances including music, comedy, variety acts, a movie series and more. Over the years, performers have ranged from Abbot and Costello, Duke Ellington and the Marx Brothers, to Alan Parsons, the Avett Brothers and Melissa Ethridge. The venue was originally constructed in 1928 and has been restored to its original Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style and “atmosphere” theater, popular in the 1920s. The theater is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit weillcenter.com.

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WEILL CENTER ANNOUNCES 2020-21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Non-profit organization elects new members to serve community theater
 
SHEBOYGAN, WI (July 1, 2020) – The Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,150-seat historic theater in Downtown Sheboygan today announced its 2020-21 Board of Directors. The following officers were elected: Chad Hamilton of Sargento Foods Inc as president; Jeff Madson of The Vollrath Company as vice president; Mike Isken of Piggly Wiggly Midwest, LLC as treasurer; and Jennifer Le Clair-Bemis of The Le Clair Bemis Miller Group, Baird Private Wealth Management as secretary. Ken King will serve as immediate Past President.
 
“We are excited to welcome our new officers and directors to the board,” said King. “I’m confident these individuals will provide the leadership, expertise and passion for the arts to continue to make the Weill Center a community point of pride and entertainment destination."
 
Doug Pelletiere of Sargento Foods Inc was also elected as the newest director to the board. Tom Brickley of Commerce State Bank was re-elected for a second three-year term. Christine Stenklyft of U.S. Bank (retired) was recognized for many dedicated years of service and leadership to the board.
 
Other members of the Weill Center Board of Directors include: Robert Gorges, North High School (retired); Paul Jochimsen, Jochimsen Wealth Management; Amanda Salazar, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; David Gallianetti, Lakeland University; and Jerry Jones, The O’Hare Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The organization is led by Executive Director Katy Glodosky.
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ASCEND DEBUTS THREE ROAD TRIP-READY HOTELS WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF MAJOR METRO AREAS
The Shore Club Wisconsin, The Inn Hotel and The Penn Stroud Welcome Guests Excited to Travel Again

ROCKVILLE, Md. (June 30, 2020) – The Shore Club Wisconsin, The Inn Hotel and The Penn Stroud have recently joined Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s (NYSE: CHH) Ascend Hotel Collection, a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels. All three hotels are just a few hours’ drive from major U.S. cities and bustling suburbs, making them optimal destinations for guests who are looking to hit the road and start exploring again. Each hotel perfectly complements the relaxing vibes of either a lakeside or mountain getaway, with a focus on delivering exceptional customer service and refined amenities for experienced leisure travelers.

“Research shows that more than two-thirds of consumers miss traveling and can’t wait to hit the road again, and many people will take more trips by car as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dianne Taylor, head of brand, Ascend Hotel Collection, Choice Hotels. “As the industry’s leading soft brand, Ascend Hotels specializes in making journeys memorable, whether guests are seeking a quick escape or a robust vacation. Each Ascend hotel enhances guests’ trips with one-of-a-kind, upscale experiences that immerse them in the best of every destination.”
 
  • The Shore Club Wisconsin: Located at 276 Victorian Village Dr. in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, this recently renovated hotel provides guests with convenient access to charming attractions surrounding the shore and boasts 600 feet of private beach. Guests can lounge lakefront or try out a number of entertaining watersports, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing. The Cottonwood Social and world-famous Tiki Bar are also on-site for guests seeking a drink or bite to eat.
  • The Inn Hotel: Found at 15 Dam Rd. in Arnolds Park, Iowa, this hotel channels the storied history of the building’s predecessor, which was an epicenter for social life along Lake Okoboji from the late 19th century until 2018. The new hotel leans into an Art Deco style that transports guests back to the Roaring ‘20s, while still delivering the modern amenities that today’s leisure travelers seek. Embraced by tranquil lakes on three sides and quaint attractions and eateries to the south, The Inn Hotel is a true midwestern gem.
  • The Penn Stroud: Located at 700 Main St. in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this hotel reflects nearly 200 years of history while offering guests upscale amenities in a premium location following a multi-million-dollar renovation. The Penn Stroud, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, is close to the Appalachian Trail – one of the country’s most traversed hiking routes. Downtown Stroudsburg is home to several art galleries, cafes and historic sites, and the hotel is also close to attractions including Mountain View Vineyard and Alpine Mountain Skiing.

“The addition of these hotels to our Ascend Hotel Collection reaffirms that the road forward is paved with opportunity – both for guests ready to return to travel, and for the hotel owners who are ready to welcome them,” said Mark Shalala, senior vice president of development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “Guests value both the security of brands they trust as well as individuality, and the Ascend brand brings them the best of both. Backed by Choice’s industry-leading technology, robust distribution and reservation channels, and comprehensive Commitment to Clean initiative, Ascend hotels are poised for continued success in the months and years ahead.”

Ascend hotel guests can participate in the award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty program, rated a top hotel loyalty program by both USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and U.S. News & World Report. Choice Privileges membership is free and offers fast rewards and exclusive member rates for those who book directly at www.choicehotels.com.

All Choice-branded hotels are participating in Commitment to Clean, which is the company’s global, holistic approach to supplying franchisees and their employees with the tools they need to achieve superior levels of cleanliness and address health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative enhances existing best practice guidance for deep cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing. For more information on Commitment to Clean, visit https://www.choicehotels.com/about/commitment-to-clean-hotels.

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Ascend Hotel Collection®: Let the Destination Reach You.
The Ascend Hotel Collection global portfolio of independent resort, historic and boutique hotels is part of Choice Hotels, one of the world's largest leading hotel companies. Recognized as the hotel industry's first "soft brand" concept, there are more than 315 Ascend Hotel Collection properties open and operating worldwide, including in France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, and throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Membership with the Ascend Hotel Collection enables distinctive, independent properties to gain a global presence while maintaining their local charm. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com/ascend.

About Choice Hotels®
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world. With more than 7,100 hotels, representing over 590,000 rooms, in over 40 countries and territories as of March 31, 2020, the Choice® family of hotel brands provide business and leisure travelers with a range of high-quality lodging options from limited service to full-service hotels in the upscale, midscale, extended-stay and economy segments. The award-winning Choice Privileges® loyalty program offers members benefits ranging from everyday rewards to exceptional experiences. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com.