A Grown Ups 2 Gift Gone to Waste?

The MHS All Sports Boosters may not inherit the materials from the Grown Ups 2 Ice Cream House.

Earlier this month, we announcing that Columbia Pictures had agreed to donate the materials from the Grown Ups 2 at to 's All Sports Boosters.

Now that Columbia Pictures crews are preparing to take down the structure, it doesn't look like the donation is going to happen, a member of the Boosters Club said Tuesday afternoon. 

In spite of the stand's lack of electricity, foundation and running water, Boosters co-President Tricia Rockett said her husband, T. Michael Rockett, and local real estate agent Jack Attridge approached Columbia Pictures earlier this month about having the stand donated to the boosters.

The film's producer, she said, was quick to offer up the set materials as a donation toward a permanent snack shed.

The All Sports Boosters raise funds by selling hot pizza, hot dogs, pop corn, hot chocolate, coffee, cold drinks and snacks along with spirit wear at the corner of the high school gym during home football games.

This year, the group awarded $18,000 in scholarships to the 2012 graduating class.

Boosters member Gina Walker said the plan to inherit the materials hit a snag at a recent School Committee meeting.

"Our objective has earned the support of the Athletic Director and Superintendent of Schools who have both expressed an interest in working together toward identifying an appropriate location on school grounds to build such a structure, however, at the recent school committee meeting the school committee would not vote on anything without a design first," Walker said in an email.

"At this juncture, though we do not have the funds to hire an architect to design something to present to the school committee (that could be turned down), Michael Rockett has kindly offered to donate additional materials needed along with crew toward building a permanent structure," she said.

Walker went on to point out that the Happy Madison Production company signed a contract with the Recreation and Parks Commission agreeing to break down the set by today and said she fears that it "is likely this gift will go to waste."

"Perhaps with the will of the School Committee and the town to work together it could be an ideal opportunity for the Boosters and a great lesson in team spirit for our kids and our community," she said.

Linda Ashton June 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I would safely imagine that with the amount of plywood, 2x4s, and more that I saw go into the dumpster at Gatchell yesterday and the day before that Walker's fears came to fruition. It is sad to think that the School Committee could not think first about utilizing the available opportunity (as in a prebuilt structure with a tie in to Marblehead and a movie that was filmed in this beautiful town) that could be retrofitted with the necessary utilities necessary and move or rebuild the structure. Yes, they didn't want anything done until a design was approved. However, there are times when you have to shift time tables to take advantage of opportunities which could be economically beneficial to the town and school. The building could be stored until a vote took place on a design and/or location. I truly hope that I am wrong in assuming that no action was taken and that the wonderful opportunity to use this structure was ultimately wasted. In my world time is money, and money does not come easy. I do believe that opportunities should not just be tossed aside. It is not a good lesson to teach children about reusing and repurposing; resources are precious. Thank you.
Donna Michaud June 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I absolutely agree with Linda Ashton's comment regarding the "Ice Cream House" that was used in the Adam Sandler's movie Grown Ups 2. I thought it was a great opportunity to raise money and in my opinon rename the stand "Sandlers". Donna Michaud
The Voice of Reason July 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Linda you are so correct. When I first heard that the town was going to disassemble the stand for the value of the materials all I could think was.... WHAT A WASTE OF A GIFT AND OPPORTUNITY.. With all the trades people residing in town, I couldn't imagine it would have cost too much to make the stand complete. We even could have had an ice cream fundraiser to raise the necessary funds. How great it would have been for our community. Talk about "looking a gift horse in the mouth" Thanks to all involved for your lack of insight and blowing such a great opportunity. MAYBE NEXT TIME.....
The Voice of Reason July 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Can someone explain to me why the school committee was involved in this ?
Oldtown July 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
School cmte governs all actions on school property.
The Voice of Reason August 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
And you wonder why the general public has such disdain for government...


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