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SummerStage hopes for new ambience

Feb. 20, 2013

They say the sky is the limit if you have a roof over your head.

SummerStage, in Lapham Peak State Park, Delafield, knows this.

After fundraising for its 2012 wish list items, it was able to add a new stage roof, an updated electrical system for sound and lighting, a permanent gazebo, a golf cart plus a sign and message center next to the Evergreen parking lot.

And the group is ready to keep going.

"We were incorporated in 2005, and every year we do different stuff. We've added a tech booth; we actually have a backstage room back here; we have a storage shed for our props," Summer Stage Board President Stephen Davis said. "So last year we built a roof over the stage, which was quite expensive, but I think it's beautiful. And this year our main thrust is to do landscaping,"

The organization plans to add a handicap accessible pathway from the admissions area to the audience area with a platform for wheel chairs - a $12,000 expense.

The plan -- by Sarah F. Ehrhardt of Bret Achtenhagen's Seasonal Services -- also includes new planting areas, using trees and other native plants around different parts of the venue, including the stage, the admissions area, along the pathway, around the tech booth and screening around the Porta-A-John area. SummerStage would also like to screen the backstage area "for ambience," according to Davis.

SummerStage is focused on the 2013 landscape plan, but a wish list points out other future project ideas: picnic tables, an audience cover (such as a permanent structure or tent), as well as additional or permanent signs and flags.

The organization's total goal is $50,000 and includes a $25,000 matching donation from Good Harvest Market, a natural food store in Pewaukee. The owner of Good Harvest Market, Joe Nolan, is a performer himself and considers the arts, such as music and theater, an integral part of the community's overall health and well-being.

Davis said their progress schedule will depend on how much SummerStage can fundraise; it's possible patrons could see many of these improvements in time for the summer performances.

To contribute toward the campaign or learn more, visit SummerStageOfDelafield.org. Davis said that any amount, however small, helps them "raise the roof." Those who can contribute $1,000 or more will get a landscaping rock with their name inscribed, to be placed in planting areas.

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