As you may have heard, the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through the northeast US and did a great deal of damage with torrential rain, wind, tornados, and overwhelming floods. The City of Rahway and, more specifically, the Hamilton Stage Building, were among its many victims. The flooding has rendered our beautiful venue uninhabitable, and it will be closed for reconstruction for several months. Fortunately, the City of Rahway, Union County and UCPAC have come together and offered us the UCPAC Mainstage Theater, the regular home of ProgStock. So, we’re back in the big house!
Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements about fundraising efforts we will be launching for the rebuilding efforts for the Hamilton Stage Building, as well as for the people of the City of Rahway who are struggling through the after-effects of the flooding. Many homes and businesses were damaged or lost to the flood waters and we want to help this great community that supports us and our festival every year.
The night before ProgStock, on Thursday, September 30, a show by McNally Waters and Bob Malone is also being moved into the UCPAC Mainstage Theater. We look to a song that Bob Malone wrote in 2016 for the flood victims in West Virginia for inspiration at this time. We present “The River Gives,” by Bob Malone.
McNally Waters and Bob Malone will also be holding a fundraiser for the Ida flood victims. We encourage you to come to town on Thursday to join us for this show.