TROY — Defining what the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is to Troy and the surroundings areas is pretty easy for the center’s longtime director.
“It is a modern community cultural center, housed in a 100-year-old mansion,” said director Linda Lee Jolly of the center, located at 301 W. Main St.
The Hayner continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary as Troy’s tax-supported center for the arts and community activity.
The next celebration event for its anniversary — the center’s second — welcomes the Columbus duo CAAMP for a concert on the Hayner’s front lawn. The concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 also is free and open to the public. Taylor Meier (lead vocals/guitar) and Evan Westfall (banjo/vocals/kick drum) are the young musicians that make up CAAMP. The indie-folk duo is becoming more popular by the day as their song “Ohio” has gone viral on Spotify. They released their first album last spring. A link to their website can be accessed at www.troyhayner.org.
“We talk about Hayner’s history and Mary Jane Hayner’s gift to the community a lot,” Jolly said. “But this part of our celebration is about what we offer to the community today.”
The center has more than 40,000 participants and visitors each year. It is well known for its offerings of exhibits, concerts and classes. In addition, the center offers a film series, a poetry series and annual contest, antiques seminars, exhibit-related events, a photography contest, programs for children and their families and more.
Popular new programming includes the Cabaret & Cabernet Broadway sing-along and “Hayner Hits the Road” bus trips. Summer offerings include the Lucky Lemonade courtyard concerts with an Ohio winery event at the end. There are also three weeks of summer art day camps for childreb. Valentine Dinner and a Show, Mrs. Hayner’s Birthday Teas and the annual Holiday Open House on the first full weekend in December are all so popular they have become multi-day events.
Most of the offerings at the Hayner are presented free and open to the public due to the support of the local tax levy and generous contributions to the Friends of Hayner. There is no admission fee to visit the house and the exhibits. Thanks to an Eagle Scout project, there is a QR smartphone self-guided tour of the mansion.
“We try to meet the cultural needs of every generation,” Jolly said. “The Hayner belongs to the people and a large number of people are involved in the planning and implementation of the events that take place here. We welcome new ideas and peruse as many as we can.” Jolly believes that the strength and success of the organization comes from the many diverse volunteers, instructors and patrons who add their unique talents to the Hayner.
She she she and the staff work to insure that Hayner is a welcoming place where people come together for all sorts of reasons. About 90 community groups meet at the Hayner. The facilities are available free of charge for groups that serve the residents of Troy.
Hayner’s MCA Academy offers classes in art for adults and children at all levels of expertise. There are beginning classes in drawing, painting, pottery and more as well as a figure-drawing studio for artists. A variety of adult craft classes are on the schedule including paper craft, sculpt clay, knitting, jewelry and Zentangle. One popular class right now is the Journey into Oil Painting Class that teaches the Bob Ross method. Without any prior painting experience, a person can spend a day at Hayner and go home with a finished painting. Weekly classes are offered for homeschooled children. Classical, ballet, ballroom dance and round dancing classes are also available.
The plan for the MCA Academy is to encourage creative exploration in people who have been hesitant to try their hand, to provide serious lessons for those interested in art to hone their skills and to occasionally be able to provide a workshop or master class for experienced artists.
Performing arts programs in a variety of styles are offered year round. Some bring nationally and regionally known touring artists to Troy. Others showcase our homegrown talent. During the winter months there is a Tuesday night Chamber music series. During the summer, in addition to the Lucky Lemonade concerts, Hayner collaborates with Troy Main Street and the city of Troy to present the Downtown Troy Summer Music Series.
In addition to the concert, Aug. 27 will be the last opportunity to visit the Hayner for a while. The Hayner will be closed for renovations tot eh hardwood floors and to complete other maintenance projects during the month of September. It will re-open with another celebration on Oct. 9.
“I just hope a lot of people will come out and enjoy the music and the Hayner. It will be a great time to find out what your community cultural center is all about,” Jolly said.