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Plans Unveiled for Outdoor Stage

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September 1, 2011 by wcobserver

By Susan McCarthy

WINSLOW – Drawings for a covered outdoor music stage at Ozark Folkways were unveiled last week as the non-profit organization kicked-off a fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 to “raise the stage.”The “Raise the Stage for Ozark Folkways” campaign hopes to raise $10,000 for a 500 SF stage that would be built on the hillside directly behind Ozark Folkways. When complete, the stage will provide an outdoor venue for Ozark heritage music as well as yoga classes, said Rebecca Buchanan, Executive Director for Ozark Folkways. She said the stage will also be a wonderful place for students of their many camps to perform.The project has already has its first volunteers in two Winslow men that have volunteered their time and talent to design and build the stage. Fred Derwin of Winslow is serving as Project Designer and unveiled drawings last week that provide the first glimpse of what the stage might look like. Drawings depict a three-sided structure with a shed-like roof made of native wood and rock.

Drawing by Fred Derwin - Plans for Ozark Folkways outdoor music stage were unveiled this week as the non-profit organization kicks off a fundraising campaign to raise $10,000. Donations to “buy” a square foot of the stage for $20 can be made at any Bank of Fayetteville branch.

“We’re going to make it fit into the woods as much as possible,” said Buchanan. John James, also of Winslow, will lead the building of the project which organizers hope will be built by community volunteers over several weekends. He said the stage will be built out of rough fresh-cut timber and will feature stone masonry at the front of the stage. James said the stage will be built into a hillside and will provide good visibility for every member in the audience.

Buchanan said she envisions the project will be completed in two stages and when she talks about it makes it sound a lot like an old fashioned barn-raising. She said her board is focused on raising money to erect the stage first and then hopes to add sound and lighting later. To raise the remaining $10,000 needed for the stage Buchanan said they’re kicking off a “Raise the Stage for Ozark Folkways” fundraising campaign this week.

She said people will be able to “buy” a square foot of stage for $20 and while the details haven’t been finalized, all donors will be recognized in some permanent way within the construction of the stage. To purchase a square foot of the stage for $20, donors can visit any Bank of Fayetteville branch and contribute to the “Raise the Stage at Ozark Folkways” account. She said people can make a credit card donation by calling Ozark Folkways directly. Ozark Folkways is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit, 501 (C) 3 organization which makes donations tax deductible.

Beth Ashbaugh, an advisor to the Ozark Folkways board, said she liked the “square foot” idea because it provides a nice way to make a donation in memory of someone who has passed away.

Buchanan said about $4,000 has already been raised for the project through a matching grant from the Modern Woodmen of America and a fundraiser held earlier this summer and hopes the remaining $10,000 can be raised in time to build the stage this year.
True to the barn-raising nature of the project, Buchanan said she is looking for as many donations and discounts as possible. She said she’d love to find someone willing to sawmill the timber or donate their time to do the stone masonry on the front of the stage. Anyone wishing to help in any way can contact Buchanan at 479-761-3791 or director@folkways.arcoxmail.com.

Help “Raise the Stage” at Ozark Folkways

  • What: 500 SF Outdoor, Covered Stage
  • Where: Ozark Folkways, Winslow
  • Needed: $10,000
  • Donate: $20 to purchase a square foot at any Bank of Fayetteville Branch
  • Volunteer or to donate by credit card:479-634-3791 or director@folkways.arcoxmail.com
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