Fall Benefit

Every year MHPN hosts a Fall Benefit in a unique and interesting historic site.  The events are typically in southeast or central Michigan, and always include a great time.  Past events have been held in a historic home in Lansing; at the Detroit Club, Detroit; the Municipal Building/Christman Building, Lansing; the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti; Harmonie Club/Virgil Carr Cultural Center in Detroit’s Paradise Valley.  Food, music,  both a silent and live auction, and a chance to network with preservationists from across the state make the event the place to be each fall.

The proceeds from the benefit and the auctions help to support the ongoing operations of our organization and help to facilitate preservation in Michigan.


Tibbits Opera House

20th Annual MHPN Fall Benefit at the
Spectacuarly Restored Tibbits Opera House

 Saturday, October 11, 2014
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

14 South Hanchett Street
Coldwater, MI 49036

Cost: $100/person or $75/student or government employee
Take the Commuter Bus for just $38!

Guided tours.  Beer, wine and light dinner fare.

Live and silent auctions


Fall Benefit tickets are $100 per person, or $75 for students and government employees; the commuter bus adds $38 per person round-trip. At least $50 of each ticket represents a gift in support of MHPN programming. The evening includes strolling dinner fare and dessert, a hosted beer and wine bar, tours, silent and live auctions, and more. The facility is barrier free although some portions visited during the tours are not. City parking is across the street and free. Dress is business attire.

Registration is Now Open!  Register online or print and mail or fax a hard copy registration form.

RSVP by Friday, October 3, at 6:00 PM on-line or by printing a registration form that you can mail, fax, or scan-and-email by that date. Also find information on the evening’s commuter bus. If registering with the commuter option, you must RSVP earlier by Wednesday, September 10, at 6:00 PM and indicate at which of the three stops – Northville, Ann Arbor, or Jackson – you would like to catch our 30-passenger bus. Full refunds are provided only up to the RSVP deadlines.

Why you’ll want to visit Coldwater

The Tibbits Opera House is a building with a story of stunning reclamation. Detroit architect Mortimer Smith designed the exquisite Second Empire façade of the Tibbits Opera House built in 1882. In the 1930s, the theatre had every shred of exterior 19th century detailing destroyed during its conversion into a “modern” Art Deco movie theater. Removal of the Deco façade in the 1960s and covering the original brick to conserve it until restoration funds could be raised, reduced the building to a characterless box whose importance to the community lay hidden. The Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. proposed in 1999 to have the theatre restored to its original grandeur. Funds were raised, scaffolding went up in February of 2012, and façade work was completed later in 2013.

You must see this transformation to fully appreciate what it means to Coldwater to have the Tibbits back!
For more information call 517-371-8080, or e-mail admin@mhpn.org.




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