Stage completion brings new challenge

ROUSES POINT - Now that the 30-foot-wide stage has been set at the Rouses Point Civic Center, the entertainment must follow.

The stage, built from remaining money from a Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial grant, will be available for all to utilize.

"This is a community stage," explained stage committee member Geri Favreau. "It's for use by the community."

Favreau said she hopes local organizations such as the American Legion, fire department, and Scouts will want to use the stage for various purposes.

"We want them to use it. That's what it's for. We don't want it to sit there with nothing on it," she added.

Favreau also said the stage does not need to be used for musical entertainment only. She hopes to see children's programs, puppet shows, jugglers, or even a comedian.

"We want to do different things," she said.

This year, the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society wrote a grant for a summer concert series, which was made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts. In total, they received $935, which Favreau said will be used to bring talent to the village stage.

However, more money still needs to be raised.

"We still have to do a handicapped ramp," Favreau said. "We want to do a security gate. That's our priority right now."

Favreau hopes the security gate can be completed before winter, with the handicapped ramp to follow. Also, the committee hopes to build another smaller building for costume changes, in the future.

In order to begin raising money for the other plans to completely finish the stage, a bowling tournament will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at Bowlmart in the town of Champlain.

"They're going to donate everything that they make that night," explained Favreau.

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