A late professional friend of ours once looked into the possibility of McCook hosting a large state convention, but found to her chagrin that facilities were not judged to be adequate.
McCook's been working hard to rectify that situation, and we have a feeling more of those events will be landing here soon.
The latest evidence will be presented 2-4 p.m. Sunday at an open house in the Fox Theater, 412 Norris Ave.
Built by A. Barnett for Vaudeville acts, the theater opened Jan. 28, 1927, and was a movie theater until 1987, when John and Eileen Hubert sold the building to the Alliance for the Encouragement of the Visual and Performing Arts. The latter is a non-profit corporation making the building available for community events.
Thanks to a half-million dollar effort and thousands of hours of volunteer work, the Fox is ready for another century of service to the community, with expanded, improved stage and dressing rooms, refurbished restrooms (read the signs, they've switched!), outdoor renovations and many other ongoing improvements.
But the Fox is only the latest part in the puzzle.
It's part of a thriving downtown "on the bricks," next door to the beautiful, renovated Keystone Business Center, site of today's Norris Summit, designed to plan ways to spotlight the legacy of Sen. George W. Norris.
In combination, the two buildings offer an attractive venue for any organization looking for a place to meet. But that's only the beginning. Add to that the new McCook Community College Events Center, Armed Forces Reserve Center, Memorial Auditorium, McCook Public Schools auditorium, Republican River Valley Events Center and even various church facilities, and the sky is the limit.
Provided scheduling conflicts are taken into account, McCook has plenty of motel space, unique restaurants and attractions like the Heritage Hills golf course, area lakes, hunting and fishing.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Fox renovation. And, congratulations to everyone who has kept that positive community spirit alive. Their efforts will pay off far into the future.