Many believe municipalities aren't made solely from the borders identified by land surveyors, but rather that it's the people that make the city; that the residents build up the community, not just the borders or businesses. And many consider their community to be next-level when an iconic part of it is threatened with the reality of closing up shop, only to be met by residents banding together in an attempt to put a stop to it.

That's what's happening right now with The Strand Theatre in Dover. According to a GoFundMe page titled "Save The Strand 2020", the iconic Strand Theatre on Third Street in Dover is at risk of having to close down. The Strand has been a staple of Dover for more than 100 years, from vaudeville performances in the early days, to showing the latest '007' movies throughout the years and presently offering family-friendly events and offering private rentals.

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Regardless of the state of the world right now caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Strand is still offering various performing arts and entertainment, through both in-person and video stream. But, like many non-profits, the struggle from a year of below-normal attendance is taking its toll, and the possibility that doors may have to close permanently is setting in.

The Strand isn't going out without a fight, though, as noted by the GoFundMe page. On top of that, with certain donation increments come certain perks for being a solid human being. For donations of $50 or more, two tickets will be provided for an upcoming performance at The Strand that will remain valid through December 2021.

For those that step up huge and donate $100 or more, well, resident artist from The Art Center on Washington Street in Dover, Deborah J. Janelle, will provide a signed and numbered fine art print of The Strand. They are pretty breathtaking.

As of this writing, $2,575 of The Strand's $100,000 goal has been raised. If you'd like to help save a piece of Dover Cultural History, you can find more information below. The Strand is holding a telethon fundraiser this weekend that begins Friday at 6 p.m.

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