by ANGELINE RHETT, Owner of The Belfry
Like many of us, I’d always been curious about the old abandoned church on the corner near Ski Inn. In years past it was a quiet neighbor, with a few students mid-week, and a gentle swelling of community for Sunday Worship.
In September 2012 I was offered a peek inside the 100-year-old church. The moment I walked into the main hall, the building ceased to be the “old church” and in my imagination became The Belfry. Through the generosity and flexibility of the owner we made arrangements for it to rest in my grateful hands.
The Belfry was designed to bring people together. The vaulted sanctuary, fabulous hardwood floors and colorful stained glass windows immediately capture your attention. An abundance of wood paneling and acres of orange carpet lend a retro feel that couldn’t be recreated if you tried. Add a cozy new bar, a classic basement, classrooms, a big-ass bell and you have a truly memorable multi-purpose venue.
February 2013 saw financial setbacks for The Belfry. Faced with basic infrastructure needs and unexpected overhead costs, I opted for a Kickstarter campaign to raise money. The day I was set to launch, it was brought to my attention I needed to update the historic building to meet fire, life and safety requirements.
In April 2013 my Kickstarter was generously funded, providing a springboard to finish the necessary projects. I will forever be grateful to all my family, friends and community who propped me up, donated and lent a hand.
Now my focus is to continue offering diverse entertainment and event space for the community of Sisters and beyond.
This fall we look forward to The Mayors Ball Fundraiser, Science Club Lectures, free movie nights, Halloween Costume Party, An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, New Years Eve Bash and amazing music by Greg Brown, Birds of Chicago, Pigs on The Wing and much more.
We’re also excited about P.K. Thompson Guitars moving into The Belfry Annex to manufacture beautiful handcrafted guitars. Into the new year, we hope to create relationships fostering more amazing opportunities for the arts in Central Oregon. You’re cordially invited to attend one of our fun events or let your imagination run wild and plan your own!
We’re hoping to launch the Belfry Brew Club for aspiring home brewing opportunities. The Belfry is a fully functional venue equipped with event hall, lounge, kids place, kitchen and upstairs seating and viewing for any event.
302 E Main Street, Sisters, 541-815-9122, www.belfryevents.com
October 19 Birds of Chicago with Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
October 25 Edgar Allan Poe Night
October 26 Belfry Costume Party
October 31 HooDoo Sponsored Haunted House