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      Community spirit helps deliver new theatre's grand opening

      The 9th annual Traverse City Film Festival is just days away and crews have been working non stop since early June, converting the Con Foster Museum into a modern day movie theatre that will serve as an additional viewing area for the festival.

      On Saturday night, organizers called upon the entire to help finish the job in time for the grand opening on Monday. Dozens of volunteers responded to the request and got out their brooms, gloves, and helping hands on Sunday, ready to put a days work in to help finish the Bijou by the Bay.

      "It's still a construction zone so we have a lot of work to do and a lot of clean up," said one of the TCFF founders, John Robert Williams. "The contractors are doing a phenomenal job. I don't think there's any other place in the world that can do what we're doing here. From turning this building into what it is now. It's stunning."

      Sweeping up dust, picking up paint cans, throwing away trash, and finishing up some landscaping were just some of the many tasks that volunteers were given.

      "If there's work to be done, I'm here to help," said volunteer, Bob Burgin, of Kalkaska.

      "I think it's very important to have it ready," said volunteer, Gail Martin, of Kalkaska. "Yes, we'll stay as long as they need us to and get it done."

      Organizers say that it's times like these when the Traverse City community stands out from all of the rest.

      "This is the magic of Traverse City," said Williams. "I don't think you can do this anywhere else. This is the best of all America, to be able to do this and have such great help and great spirit, great volunteers. This just says a ton about the love that people have for this community and the good things that they want for it."

      Organizers say that if there is work to be done, they will be there until it is finished.