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By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
A highly-anticipated addition to one of Angier’s scenic venues is nearly finished.
The Crepe Myrtle Pavilion at Depot Square is nearly finished, according to Town Manager Coley Price.
He estimates 80 percent of work on the new stage that utilizes the town’s railroad caboose as a backdrop is completed. And anticipates having it fully See Stage, Page 3
Daily Record Photo/Rick Curl
The stage that will complete the Crepe Myrtle Pavilion at Depot Square in Angier is nearly completed. The stage utilizes the front of the caboose as a backdrop and features wiring for lighting and sound equipment.
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functional for the town’s showcase event, the Crepe Myrtle Festival.
“This is going to be a great addition to the town,” Mr. Price said. “What we’ve envisioned is a nice stage that’s being built. Hopefully we can do gospel sings, the local talent, the festivals the town and chamber puts on.”
The project includes wiring already in place for lights and sound equipment. It also includes a ramp to the caboose, which will be used as a backstage area. It will also be in compliance with the American’s With Disabilities Act as far as safety rails and access ramps.
The cost of the project is an estimated $30,000 which has been funded by the town with the expectation of repayment through donations and sponsorships.
Mr. Price told The Daily Record sponsorships range from $100 all the way up to $5,000 and above and the committee is also planning to seek a title sponsor for the venue after final details are determined.
“We haven’t really settled on two things, when we’re having the dedication ceremony and presentation of the plaque and how we’re going to handle the naming rights,” he said. “We need to get a price on that as far as what we’re thinking and how long.”
There will also be a plaque at the site of the stage to showcase sponsors of $100 or more.
The committee has raised just over $10,300 toward repaying the town’s coffers.
“The town was very gracious and knew we wanted to get it rolling and try to get it finished as quickly as possible,” Mr. Price said. “The town put the money up front and we’re replenishing that money. Then we hope to raise more than what the town gave us for a maintenance account.”
The project comes as an additional attraction to the area surrounding Depot Square and the town’s museum. When completed it will be a showcase spot, according to Mr. Price.
“What we’re trying to do is enhance that area for receptions, weddings and things like that,” he said. “It’s pretty cool you can have a reunion or something like that and you’ll have this nice stage, it’s kind of neat.”
He said the new stage adds more value to the area as well when it comes to rentals.
“The way the grounds are now you get the grounds, the building, you get all of that,” Mr. Price said. “You get half a city block.”