"The effort started about five years ago," said Joe Spencer, the president of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch. The Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, before the start of the Aiken Community Band concert, which opens the summer series.
"The performing arts stage and associated buildings needed to be upgraded," he said. "We didn't have sufficient dressing rooms and restrooms."
The $450,000 project also added space to the stage. The work began in September.
Mr. Spencer said that $200,000 came from the local option sales tax and that the remaining money was from several sources, including the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation, the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation and Bridgestone/Firestone.
"We are really pleased with the design and the quality of the workmanship," he said. "It's very satisfying to have something that will serve the community."
Mr. Spencer said the colors and other design elements of the buildings match those of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, also at Hopelands Gardens.
In addition to the concert series, which runs May through August, the stage is used during Christmas at Hopelands and for weddings and other events.
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