The Pamela Raymond Performance Pavilion
Pam Raymond had a vision of The Common Ground as a community
gathering place and a center for cultural enlightenment and
celebration of the arts. Pam is a philanthropist and
community activist as well as the proprietor of The Sayville
Inn, a historic restaurant and tavern that has played host
to many prominent citizens in its 100 + year history
including Teddy Roosevelt and his cousin John E. Roosevelt
who owned Meadowcroft Estate just down the road. With her
theatrical background and love of the arts, giving Sayville
a beautiful performance space became her mission.
Local architect Kevin Paul donated the design of the
pavilion, and local builder
John Cox of Cox Construction donated his own time as well
procuring the supplies to build the pavilion at cost. Pam
and Betty Whitehouse worked to secure a grant from Suffolk
County Legislator Bill Lindsay to cover half of the cost of
the structure and Pamela donated the rest of the cost
The pavilion is home to many of The Common Ground’s events
Stadmuller Summer Series, the September Symphonies, Family
Friday’s and Movies Under the Stars.
Many a warm summer evening has been passed enjoying a
production at the pavilion, ranging from a vaudeville show
to an Italian tenor or a touring Shakespeare production. One
of the most heartwarming things you may ever see is an
audience ranging in age from 3 to 80 all mesmerized by a
ballet troupe or a jazz band.
With the continued support of the community the pavilion
will continue to provide years of enjoyment and
enlightenment to all ages and ranges of people. And, Pam
Raymond’s wish to share her love of the arts with her
community will be fulfilled.