Emery Theater writes a letter to Santa

After finally getting to see the inside of Cincinnati’s Emery Theater in the Over-the-Rhine, I know exactly what everyone has been talking about. It’s beautiful. I took photos, but I think my failing memory card ate them. You’ll have to trust me on this one. That’s why I think Santa should really, really take a long look at this letter.

Dear Santa,

So many venues needs so much more than I. Some are asking for tens of millions of dollars, and I wish them total success. I consider it a gift simply to operate in the company of other wonderful arts organizations and performance venues.

Nonetheless, things would be much better if I had working toilets. All I want for Christmas is a friendly, philanthropic plumber or two who can restore service in the existing toilets. 720 people came and enjoyed the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music last month even though I could not offer heat or working restrooms. It was a terrific night that filled my hall with music and camaraderie. Mrs. Emery would have loved it! But she would have insisted on working “amenities”!

Thanks for passing along the word to your extended network of friend, elves and tradesmen of all kinds to find just the right plumbing partner who can give my old pipes a good flushing. I can be reached at (513) 421-9453 or [email protected] Just ask for Emery. Thank you.

May your holidays be merry and bright,

Emery Theatre

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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