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The Rio’s last gasp or a promising future?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 | Posted by

Rio theater Kickin’ the blues


It’s been a long hard climb and there’s still time to help bail out The Rio, but enough people have donated to Monte Rio’s cultural icon – 237 as of this writing – to fill every seat in the homespun Little Theater with a Big Heart.

The community support has been unprecedented and regardless of whether the $60,000 goal is reached or not Don and Suzi Schaffert are warmed by this outpouring of support.

The Kickstarter challenge  to  “Go Digital or Go Dark”  has reached more than half-way to the stars but will  end on May 7 when the final tallies are in.

This Sunday, April 28, will feature the last of several events and those on the Save the Rio team are optimistic about heading into a long and colorful digital future to go along with its long and colorful past.

The past several Sundays have featured events which have been held on the spacious greensward  in back of the theater as well as inside the Rio itself and the enthusiasm with which these have been attended have been laced with enthusiasm and encouragement.

Fein Women have a fine time at Rio Theater benefit

Along with wine and food tasting and raffles the Rio has mounted screenings of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Camp Unity (by local filmmaker Ryan White) and Peggy Sue Got Married and although the Kickstarter contributions have been generous, there are additional funds which will be forthcoming – and as of April 25, the amount totals some 75% of what needs to be secured. With Kickstarter,  it’s all or nothing however, and if the goal isn’t reached the money pledged will be returned to the contributors.


Sunday’s last event is going to feature live music by several troubadours, each of whom will play a set in their own band configurations and will then mix it up with each other.  The lineup for the 1 p.m. event includes

Mountaindawg–(Heartfelt Rock)

CPR–(Arresting Americana)

The Mighty Chiplings–(Young Bluegrass Wonders)

David Luning–(Gritty Soulful Americana Rock)

The MetaQuizzicals–(Folk-rock for Tangled Times)

jim and Kathy Ocean (Metaquizzical Cafe) will be performing


The socializing and BBQ will begin at 1 p.m. and the music will resound over the River beginning at 3 p.m.”The Ramble at the Rio” is requesting donations of between $5 and $15 and is a family-friendly event.


Links which feature more details and information are:

Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.savetherio.com

Rio Theater Website: http://riotheater.com

High Resolution Photo of the Rio Theater: http://www.OceanWorksPhotos.com/RioTheater.JPG

History and background http://guerneville.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2013/02/04/rio-theater-attempts-to-kickstart-its-jump-into-the-21st-century/

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