Contact Us

Lake George Bandshell Opens in Time For Summertime By George [VIDEO]

 

ST. CLOUD — A ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Lake George Performance Stage was held this afternoon (Tuesday).

Last fall construction began to build a bandshell at Lake George for bands to play on during Summertime By George.

St. Cloud Rotary President Steve Joul says the stage turned out great.

“It is incredible, our club is really excited and all of us who are involved in the club are excited to see this finished,” says Joul.

The St. Cloud Rotary club and the city of St. Cloud partnered on the project, which began to take shape during Drew Hultgren’s time as rotary president.

“We said you know we have something we could use so let’s put that stage idea into focus and let’s start pursuing that,” says Hultgren.

The cost of the stage was around $260,000, the city paying for half of the cost with half-cent sales tax dollars, and the Rotary Club paying for the other half.

Joul says they were in the process of collecting funds when they received a special surprise.

“Right before Christmas last year we receive the best Christmas present,” says Joul. “We heard that a donor wanted to pay our full share of $130,000. It really took our breath away.”

Joul says they contacted different bands to make sure the stage designs would fit their needs.

“The builders did a number of things to make sure the acoustics are great, that there is enough room to have a variety of different performances on this stage,” says Joul.

The Third Annual Summertime By George concert series kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday).

 

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis (left) and Rotary President Steve Joul (center) cut the ribbon of the new Lake George Performance Stage. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

More News from WJON

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!