October 20, 2014

Summer concert series opens with good turnout despite the chills

New additions to be made at depot

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Despite cool, overcast weather, the Standish Historical Depot kicked off its 2011 Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 9, with a performance by the Sunrise String Band.

Standish Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Chairman Curt Hillman said around 70 people came out to the opening event.

“Considering the weather being less than warm, it was a good turnout,” he said.

Hillman said he saw some new faces at the concert.

“There were definitely some first timers out there,” he said. “There were also those standbys who came to every show last year. It looks like they will be back again this year.”

Hillman said the Summer Concert Series, which is a free event, is featuring a few new items this year as a way to add to the experience and generate money for the event.

“We started doing a 50-50 raffle,” he said. “We are also going to be offering more concessions as a way to generate more revenue. We did not receive as much sponsorship as we did last year.”

A number of people who came out stayed in there cars to stay warm while listening to music, Hillman said. Adding that surrounding parking lots were also filled with people listening to the performance.

Hillman said the DDA will be adding to the bandstand. Adding those who purchased engraved bricks for the bandstand walkway over the past few years will get to see their bricks placed.

“We have all of the engraved bricks inside a truck right now,” he said.

Hillman said there are approximately 350 bricks that will act as a wheelchair ramp next to the bandstand. Bricks for the walkway cost $100 each, which helped raise money for the bandstand.

“We have enough to get the project started,” he said.

Hillman also announced that a new clock will be built at the depot.

“We are going to begin construction of the new clock soon,” he said.

Hillman said the clock will sit atop of an approximately 15 feet tall base and have a three foot face.

“The process took us over a year to get finalized,” he said. “We had to get approval from the State Historical Preservation Office to make sure the look and style of the clock was time appropriate to match the depot.”

Hillman said it’s the goal of the DDA to improve the appearance of the city.

“We want to do things to make the city look better,” he said.

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