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Stage Update

RBS Design Group architecture firm rendering of the design. Photo | Chamber of Commerce

By PJ Martin

Editor

The Herald-News

 

A reception was held at the Edmonton-Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce office on Monday, February 19th.

The many donors and board members were on hand to listen as committee chairman Ron Underwood presented an update on the stage project.

For anyone who isn’t aware, the Metcalfe County Community Stage Project sponsored by the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce was an idea that began four years ago when Gaye Shaw was Executive Director. The idea that the community needed a permanent stage in the historic courthouse yard was discussed over time, but had not come to fruition.

Then in 2023, a stage committee was finally formed consisting of Ron Underwood-Chairman, Benny Lile, T.K. Kitchens, Kyle Hadley, Torrie Osbon, Daniel Bragg-Chamber President, and Kim Harwood-Executive Director.

Since then, an architect has created a design that will complement the historic courthouse with matching brick. The aim is for the stage to look as if it were an original outbuilding for the historic courthouse that was repurposed.

A permanent stage will provide a dry environment for equipment and performers and provide better acoustics for the audience. The hope is to create a community stage for various groups to perform and also provide a safer more stable stage than the wagons and trailers have in the past.

The current gazebo will be relocated and the stage will be built in that location in the courthouse yard. It was also stated that no trees in the courtyard would be altered to locate the stage.

The estimated cost of materials is $50,000 and the construction will be provided by Bragg Builders and the electrical work is to be provided by Smith Electric.

Once completed a board made up of members of the county, chamber, and city will oversee the schedule of usage and compliance with community standards. Once built the stage will belong to the county and will be free to use for music, plays, meetings, and religious events.

Ron Underwood announced that 71 percent of the money has been raised for the project which will not begin construction until 100 percent of the cost has been raised. The hope is to begin work this year.

The donation levels are as follows:

$10,000 plaque displayed on the building

$5,000 Gold level donation

$2,500 Silver level donation

$1,000 Bronze level donation

$100 Friendship level donation – name displayed.

Anyone who would like to donate to the stage project can contact the chamber office at 270-432-3222.

 

 

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