Since its inception in 2003, the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks has been owned and operated by David Fink (and his partner Kim Clark), who saw a vision for the sweet southwestern Michigan town as an entertainment hub and performing arts. Today, the non-profit organization Acorn Theater celebrates the acquisition of 107 Generations Drive, after the sale of the building was finalized.
“I leave with enormous confidence in the future of theatre,” says David Fink. In ownership, and as a fellow performer and artist, Fink has experienced the ups and downs of running a theater, but knows that the Acorn will only continue to thrive and grow under the new ownership of the band. Concerts, plays, performances, open-mic nights and one-of-a-kind performances have graced the stage for nearly twenty years, and they don’t intend to stop anytime soon.
In 2015, the Acorn became a nonprofit and has since added new staff, board members, executive director (Beth Kaskel) and board chair (Laura Madsen Joly). Executive Director Beth Kaskel said, “We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter of growth and development for The Acorn. Purchasing our building will help position us for an exciting future! You’ll see more diverse programming and partnerships with local organizations, and we encourage you to join us on our journey to provide the best cultural/performing arts experience in Southwest Michigan.
The organization is considering many upgrades to the building, including adding new outdoor event space at the back of the building and improving facilities for artists and guests. “We will be announcing community engagement plans soon, as we embark on a building campaign to support and maintain the physical home of The Acorn,” the organization said.
The Acorn’s performance calendar is jam-packed with events for this season, from movie nights, folk bands, jazz artists, alternative rock bands, plays, Harbor Country Pride celebrations, and more. Moreover. Check out the breathtaking historic building at 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks and find them on Facebook or visit their website, acornlive.org, to purchase tickets for shows and benefits. Congratulations, Acorn!
By Jocelyne Tuszynski, MOTM Contributor