After months of contemplation and discussion, Linda and I have decided to discontinue operations of the Nelson Odeon. As you all know, it has been over one year since our doors have been shuttered due to the Covid pandemic, leaving us with overhead expenses that have become unsustainable to maintain. The building is currently under contract to sell with Kevin Dewan at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realty.
We had always strived to make the Odeon a welcoming and safe place for all ages to experience quality music of many genres, create a sense of community, and provide a comfortable space to leave your worries behind for a couple of hours. Our hopes are that this was accomplished during the ten years of presenting artists under our roof.
Change is always inevitable and we are not sad but rather, extremely thankful to all that have been involved and made this possible. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support of the Nelson Odeon.
The list of those who have helped and been a part of this project is far too long to acknowledge everyone but we would like to highlight and share some of the people for their part in this trip.
Thanks to our grown children, Max, Hunter, and Rachel for their encouragement and help in getting this all started. Special thanks to Max and JoMarie Alba for their enthusiasm while spending a year with us developing our marketing and presentation format.
Thanks to John Kelsey for the original logo design and putting together the Songwriters Circle for us.
Special thanks to Colin Nekritz for his expertise in setting up our social media presence and his design flair for both print and web.
Thanks to Marc Stress of Stressdesign and 76West for creating and maintaining our website and e-newsletter. A decades worth of work going beyond generous.
Thanks to Mona Dunn for her tireless efforts over this time with our advertising, poster and playbill design, not to mention her proofreading and correcting our misuse of the english language in general.
Thanks to all that worked on the individual poster designs, especially Kerry MacHugh, Monica Palmer, Leslie Lee, and Andrea Hempstead.
Thanks to our mentors over at the Oswego Music Hall, Ellen and Marc Wahl for collaboration in co-booking and the willingness to share their knowledge.
We would like to thank the guys who worked as our sound technicians through these years. Most notably, Ralph Meitz, Eric Opett, and Jeremy Johnston. Still have not figured out how you guys do that.
Special thanks goes out to Anna Marie Neuland at the Greater Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce and Scott Hughs at Madison County Tourism for their support of our efforts.
Thanks to Emily Zangle at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park for her collaboration and support.
Thank you Dave Frisina at the The Rebel Rocks for your on air support and your love of live music.
Thanks also goes to Maureen Campanie for getting us involved with her “Concert for a Cause” series.
Thanks to all of the Playbill ad sponsors over the years and the private gifts from many of our audience members. We thank all of the audience members who paid a good dollar for tickets and helped to fill the room.
We would also like to thank the Town of Nelson and our neighbors at Nelson Farms for working with us to make this happen.
A big thanks goes out to the performing artists who also mentored and upped our game. Thank you Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez, The Wiyos, Jonathan Edwards, The Steel Wheels, Stephane Wrembel, Le Vent du Nord, Edgar Pagan, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen to name a few.
Thank you to our best friend, Jack Bocchino for always being there with us and sharing your photographs. We miss you so much.
Last but far from least, thanks to all of the volunteers over the years who without their help we would not have been able to run these events. You all made it so easy for us and also made us smile and laugh. You guys rock!
Thanks to all for being a part this journey.
Our very best to you,
Jeff and Linda Schoenfeld
Emedin Rivera and Tropical Turbulence, November 18th, 2017