Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center (SLPAC) is ready for its closeup as it throws open its doors for a grand opening Saturday.

Six months after buying the building for $1.1 million, the town of Chester is hosting its first event there. Acoustic musician Robert Lloyd Schiff will perform in the 200-seat Pavilion at 6 p.m., followed by two acts in the 660-seat main theater: comedian Jeff Norris at 7 p.m. and the country rock band Black Dirt Bandits at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at

Delancey’s Bar + Restaurant and Glenmere Brewing Co. will be selling food and beverages onsite during the celebration. The town of Chester is "renting" the building to marketing agency Diamond Media for $100 for the day, so Diamond Media can handle the ticketing and record video of the event, but all proceeds are going back to the arts center, Supervisor Robert Valentine said.

SLPAC was known as the Lycian Theatre when it was built in 1992. The town purchased the 8.8-acre property at 231 Creamery Pond Road in March of this year from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, which took it over in 2014 and hadn’t staged any performances there since 2017.