The historic site of the Sauk Centre Band Shell has hosted hundreds of concerts and community events over the years, and is now again in need of a facelift and update. Band shells are being demolished throughout the state rather than being repaired. For nearly 10 years, local artist Roger Reinardy has had his eyes on the band shell in Sinclair Lewis Park. It wasn’t until this year that the idea turned into a project. Roger created a musical-themed mural and suggested a LED lighting system. Painting of the mural will begin mid-June and should be completed by fall of 2017.
A group quickly formed as this project called for collaboration amongst people with expertise in order to move forward.
The group has gathered a list of the items which need attention, including prep work, repair of siding and stucco, painting the exterior, installing an equipment ramp/ lift and painting the mural, and installing the computerized LED lighting system. The goal of the LED lighting system is to illuminate the mural and provide adequate lighting for performers.
All of the work was completed by local businesses in Sauk Centre.
Over not much time, the group's hope for the addition of the mural has not only attracted people for Wednesday evening concerts, but people of all ages living in or passing by the town of Sauk Centre. The Central Minnesota Arts Council will continue to host the Wednesday evening concerts during the work on the Sauk Centre Band Shell.
The Artify Sauk Centre Coordinating Council feels having something so unique calls attention to the town. As a community we thank you for any donations you provide.
If anyone is interested in contributing, donations can be made to the Community Legacies Foundation (600 Main Street South) in Sauk Centre.
If any business or individuals want to see more pictures, details, or get involved in the project go to www.facebook.com/artifySaukCentre.
- Bob and Kandy Heinen
- Nancy Jorgenson
- Jane Mobeck
- Hank & Jolene Bieringer
- Bob and Kandy Heinen
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