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Nevada County library unveils new outdoor amphitheater

The Marian E. Gallaher, M.D. Amphitheater, which was opened Monday, will also serve as a venue for other library programs and free public performances that are open to the public, which could include theater, musical performances and lectures.
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A ribbon ceremony was held Monday to commemorate the grand opening of the Marian E. Gallaher, M.D. Amphitheater at Nevada County’s Madelyn Helling Library.

Jackie Wilson, a longtime library volunteer, cut the ribbon while the audience cheered. Wilson helped bring the idea of an outdoor amphitheater into fruition, and decided to dedicate the new community space to her late friend Marian E. Gallaher, a local pediatric cardiologist who spent her life caring for children.

According to County Librarian Laura Pappani, the amphitheater will provide an expanded outdoor space for the library’s summer reading program for children, which has been popular enough to fill the community room to capacity.



The amphitheater will also serve as a venue for other library programs and free public performances that are open to the public, which could include theater, musical performances and lectures.

“The sky’s the limit,” said Pappani. “We’ll just see how people want to use it.”




Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk read a poem she wrote for the occasion before local band Beaucoup Chapeaux kicked off the Musical Mondays at Madelyn’s concert series, which will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the amphitheater every Monday through the end of July.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.


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