Raising the roof - fundraiser held for bandstand pavilion

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MANCHESTER >> A concert to raise funds to help construct a new pavilion and bandstand for the town green was held before a packed crowd at The Perfect Wife, a local restaurant and tavern Thursday, Dec. 10, to whittle away at the remaining $12,000 needed for its construction.

The concert featured local bands "Don't Leave" and "Muddy Hollow," with restaurant owner Amy chamberlain joining "Don't Leave" for some vacal support for a few songs as well.

Supporters of the bandstand initiative, a private group of local residents working in conjunction with town officials, hope to close the remaining gap in funding and have the pavilion in place by next summer, when a series of "concerts on the green" as well as other events typically take place there, said Ray Ferrarin, one of the committee members involved in the project.

The town green, the site of a former auto sales and garage business, was acquired as a town park in the late 1990s, and underwent an overhaul this past summer, with new walkways and other amenities added to it. Adding a pavilion with roof and covering, which would provide a good visual platform for speakers at public events and would protect expensive electronic equipment in the event of less-than-perfect weather, seemed like a good finishing touch, he said, adding that with the other enhancements now in place, this was an opportune time.

The total cost of the pavilion and bandstand is estimated at $45,000. The committee is reckoning on about $6-7,000 in materials, labor and other in-kind support, and have additionally raised about $27,000 towards the funding goal, leaving about $12,000 more to go, Ferrarin said.

The concert was not a ticketed event, but patrons attending the event were making free will donations towards the construction of the pavilion.


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