Express Yourself: Grand Prince Odeum has grand opening — Finally

The grand opening of the Grand Prince Odeum was on on Saturday July 23. (Courtesy photo)

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By Valerie Whitworth
Special to the Express

From the placid outside the Grand Prince Odeum, the celebratory air inside where over 50 people congratulated owners Rhonda and David Flores on its opening, could not be discerned. After a year of anxiety and misinformation, the building finally was given the use permit by the City of Winters. Celebration was in order.

Walking into the Grand Prince Odeum, people heard the Yolo Ramblers making folks tap their
feet and sway to the wonderful classical tunes under way. Ken Kemmering on the piano, Moreen Liet on the viola, Bill Cavins on saxophone and drums, Ted Fontaine bass, and Frank Fox on Alto saxophone, produced such nostalgic tunes as “Pennies From Heaven,””God Bless the Child, “and “Making Whoopee.” Those old enough to remember the 30s tunes sang along with Kemmering and Fox.

For the younger crowd, it was a slice of musical history paired within an historic building. The photo booth was a great hit with any antics captured and air dropped into the participants’ phones. Those not in the booth cheered those in play.

The celebration lasted for several hours mid-day on Saturday July 23. The Yolo Ramblers held the stage while downstairs young people played serious Dragon-and-Dungeon-type games, youngsters ate from the sumptuous buffet, and the rest of us vacillated between food and capering in the photo booth, and music entertainment.

Event coordinator Lady Leah Murphy (of Lady Leah Events) thought of everything a good celebration requires: ballon bouquets, food, music and activities for all ages. All in all, a great time was had by all and gave a taste of what might be anyone’s experience entering an event at the Grand Price Odeum — a warm welcome, good entertainment, and a feeling of community.

Look for fun filled community-focused activities to come. Church services started Sunday, Aug. 7.

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