continued “Steve called me up and said he wanted to keep the stage going this year,” Holland said. “Whether our band plays or not, it (Center Stage) is good for the community. I would hate to see something like that fall to the wayside.”
And if Merchant is successful, Center Stage will never fall to the wayside.
The 20-foot wide by 30-foot long stage was constructed four years ago using a combination of grants and donations from local businesses and individuals.
To date, about $30,000 has been put into it, but it isn’t finished yet.
“We still want to finish up and put stage lighting in there, and possibly build a dressing room off the back,” Merchant said.
Money raised at the Say Goodbye to Winter bash will go toward putting the finishing touches on the stage.
The bash will also serve as a precursor to the Rouses Point Summer Series, which will begin in July and include a variety of weekly performances ranging from magicians to bands.
Merchant sees more than entertainment value in Center Stage, though. He believes it is an asset, and that it has given people a reason to visit Rouses Point.
“There’s so much talent in the North Country, whether it be young or old, and they never get a chance to perform,” Merchant said. “This stage is giving people a chance to get out there and showcase themselves.”