On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Plymouth Harbor will host a “red carpet” Grand Opening event for our newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall. The event will showcase the new hall and will offer self-guided tours of the new space, featuring exciting upgrades including acoustics, seating, lighting, state-of-the-art technology, and more.
The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with one hour of self-guided tours. While there will be staff stationed throughout Pilgrim Hall to help answer any questions, residents and guests are free to explore the fully-upgraded hall. Also during this time, we will be offering complimentary red carpet photos in the Lobby. At 4:00 p.m., the doors to Pilgrim Hall will close in preparation for the Grand Opening ceremony, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Restaurant.
The ceremony will include the dedication and ribbon cutting for the rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall, as well as remarks from President/CEO Harry Hobson and other key individuals involved in the project. A reception with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will follow the ceremony, sponsored by Integrity Sound and WBRC Architects, our audio visual installation team and architect. Pilgrim Hall will again be opened for tours during the reception.
As a part of Pilgrim Hall’s Grand Opening, we have prepared a special program lineup beginning January 1, 2017, that will run through the end of February 2017. These programs, which will be revealed at the event, showcase the variety of amenities offered in the newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall.
Plymouth Harbor is proud to celebrate the completion of this exciting project and looks forward to providing the best programming possible for our residents. Please look for an event invitation with more details and information in your mailbox in early December.
Below are some particulars regarding the rejuvenation:
Acoustical Treatments: The interior walls, ceiling, exterior corridor, and front and back of the room have all been acoustically treated with panels and rounded materials that allow the sound to travel equally throughout the Hall. There will be a new stage curtain and a curtain in the back of the room, which will further enhance the acoustics. Sound deadening panels have been added to the exterior corridor that is shared with the Café. These new treatments were intended to improve residents’ ability to hear and converse in the Café during meals.
Seating: There will be 100 seats: 95 are permanent and 5 are removable to make space for wheelchairs or scooters. The manufacturer of the all-new seating is American Seating, the same company that provided the previous seats in Pilgrim Hall. The size (height and width) of the new seats are very similar to the previous seats, but the cushions are new and improved material that will add to the comfort and long-term durability. Several of the end caps of the rows will lift up to provide ease in entering the seats.
Integrated Audio System: The microphone system is all new and it operates on a digital system, which improves the quality of the sound. Additionally, a new surround-sound system is being installed to improve sound needed for video, computer, or DVD.
Upgraded Video Technology and Improved Sight Lines: A new Pan/Tilt/Zoom video camera is being installed that will project a high definition picture onto a new high definition large screen. To improve sight lines for guests, 55” TV monitors will be installed on both sides of the hall, about half way back.
Enhanced House and Theatrical Lighting: House lighting is being added to the north and south walls in the form of beautiful sconces. Recessed house lighting has been added to the ceilings of the house and the stage. Theatrical lighting, including two movable spotlights, will be added to highlight the stage.
Increased Storage: A new permanent storage area has been added outside of the rear of the hall for storage of walkers and wheelchairs during dinner or an event in the hall. The Steinway piano has been accommodated backstage for permanent storage, and the vertical rack for the audio/visual equipment has its own storage area backstage.
Increased Accessibility: A ramp has been added to access the stage. The two doors from the Café corridor have each been widened by 18” to improve ingress and egress. The moveable wall at the rear of the hall provides another opportunity to move into and out of the hall quickly. That wall also allows us to retain our flexibility in expanding seating during an expected overflow event, should the need arise.
Repositioning of the Sound Booth: Previously, the sound booth was positioned at the front of the hall. Sound booths are typically at the back of a performance hall, so that the technician will be able to hear and see what the audience is hearing and seeing. We have been able to add a portable sound booth at the back of the hall, which can be removed when it is not needed. Mobile applications make it possible for the control of the lights, audio, and video to be pre-set and controlled at any location in the hall.
Colors and Décor: The décor package has been carefully considered to coordinate with the restaurant and the lobby, but with some added enhancements. Wall coverings, curtains, paint, carpet, chair fabric, and beautiful woods combine to offer a refreshing new look in the hall, while not taking a complete departure from the existing design of adjacent areas.