The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 21, 2012

RETURN ENGAGeMENT

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Tonight, provided the world is still spinning at that time, the Medina Theater will host the Mayan Three Step Band as part of the “Let’s Hope They’re Wrong Party Christmas Party.” 

This event is one of several scheduled between now and 2013 at the revamped downtown Medina location. And the events all have one thing in common — Renee Schuner, Medina Theater event manager.

Schuner, a Medina native, spent the past 30 years in California, where she was the office administrator and manager of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento. While holding that position in a church may not seem glamorous, the location of that church, directly across the street from California’s Capitol, was strategic.

“It led to a ton of events,” she said, recalling how a number of lobbying organizations used the facility.

Now, Schuner said she plans on using her experience to help bring in different levels of events to Theater for all age groups. Over the years, she made several trips a year back home to visit family in Medina. While back in Western New York for a reunion she ran into one of the theater’s owners, Joe Cardone. Cardone, Schuner and their siblings all grew up together.

“Joe gave me a tour of the place and told me what his vision was for it,” Schuner recalled. “His vision of what he wanted to do with the building and how he wanted to make it for the community was so intriguing to me.”

Conversations between the two eventually led to an exchange in which Cardone offered Schuner her current job. 

“He said, ‘I’m looking for somebody to run this place for me,’...and it felt like a lifetime experience,” Schuner said.

Schuner added that had she passed up the opportunity, she likely would have looked back on it later in life with much regret.

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