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Volga City Opera House: Restoring the Pride of Volga City
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Volga City Opera House: Restoring the Pride of Volga City

It takes the love and passion of a community and its members to rise up during a time of need.

The Volga City Opera House was built in 1914 and has been the pride of the Clayton County community for over a century. The Opera House hosted events in the community room, held parties on the dance floor, and featured a restaurant to treat all its visitors. Tragedy struck in 1999 when the Volga River flooded causing water damage to the Opera House and many other houses and businesses in Volga City. A few years later, a leak in the roof caused even more damage to the historic building.

Fortunately, the Opera House has been put into the hands of Tom Lott, Tom Klingman, and a group of other volunteers who are restoring the 100-year-old building to its former glory.

This past July, the stage lights came back on for the first time since the 1990’s. There is light in the Volga City Opera House, thanks to all the volunteers, hard work, donations, and fundraisers.

The three-story Opera House is always looking for more volunteers to give some elbow grease to help the great cause.

Furthermore, the 8th Annual Volga City Truck Cruise (August 27th-28th) will give its proceeds to help restore the Opera House.

Like the Volga City Opera House on Facebook to see updates and pictures on the progress of the restoration.

For details of how to get involved, contact Tom Klingman at 319-509-0308 or Tom Lott at 563-880-3673.

The residents of Volga City and Clayton County have given so much to help restore the pride of their small community. Resilience, support, and passion have been the backbone of Volga City and the Opera House for the past 15 years, and it will continue until the project is complete.

Photo Credit to Volga City; Written by Amy Bonvillain

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    Very inspiring story. Thanks for writing and sharing!

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