For the purposes of this column, I intend to focus on the fact that both spaces were safe and positive locations for teens and young adults to experience music. I know that I, as well as numerous other kids, loved spending weekends attending the concerts and events, and will truly suffer without having the opportunity to do so.
OHS alumnae Ian Clemons, who was also a member of Wine Cellar, said of both places, “Kids could come out to see us play, have a good time, and no one would have to worry about them getting into trouble. The high school music scene won’t be the same, that’s for sure. It’s very unfortunate that future teens won’t have the same opportunities we were so lucky to have.”
The future of both venues is still up in the air, but if we allow these places to close because we are unable to afford their upkeep, we will be losing a giant part of our community’s culture, which is something we cannot afford to do.
Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.