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A lot of things need attention right now. So with everything going on, it may seem odd that this, the only fundraising letter I’ve sent to you all year, is about how we need a new — hold your excitement — boiler at the State Theatre.

When the State turned 100 years old in July, and we were celebrating this remarkable milestone, deep in the theater’s literal underbelly, trouble was a-brewing. Our ancient steam boiler, with its crazy cobbled-together parts, was on its last half-leg. We thought maybe we could make it through one more winter (one gets those dreamy thoughts on a 92-degree summer’s day).

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