The Titusville duo of Nathaniel Licht and Joe Thompson performed Thursday, the second concert at the Tipsy Chef on Seneca Street. The first four years of the series were held down the street Karma Coffee. When the coffeehouse closed earlier this year, concert organizer Kay Wood found a new, though slightly smaller spot.
Discontinuing the series was not an option, Woods said. For the past four years, the series has raised $20,000 for the Lyric Theatre Restoration project. Though the new spot has a "cozy" feel and some folks had to be turned away the week before due to limited space, Woods said the admission fees are imperative.
"They stressed to us how much they needed (the money from the series)," Woods said.
"This gives us our operating costs," said restoration volunteer Joe Boland. He said the money from the concert series has paid for consultants and helped the secure more than 81% of the funding needed to fix up the historic theater.
After 21 years, the fundraising is nearly complete - "$550,000 is what we need right now," Boland said. They are waiting on a submitted state grant application and need to raise $150,000 in matching funds, but then that "should get us there," he said.
For now, they can count on the concert series to continue raising the operating money. The December schedule will be held at the Typsy Chef as well. The Brandon Rae Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
Additional information on the theater project and the concert series is available online at www.lyrictheatreoilcity.org/.