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Clarke band seeks development of new amphitheater

13 January 2020 Clarke County News

The Clarke County Community Band is hoping to establish an amphitheater between the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center and the adjacent Barns of Rose Hill. Community support is needed for the project to come to fruition.

Each year, the band performs at least two public concerts at Rose Hill Park, a small recreational area off East Main Street downtown on the other side of the Barns. The band currently has about 45 members, at least 30 of whom typically participate in a performance. The park’s gazebo is too small to accommodate all of their musicians.

When the Government Center was developed around 2008, space outside the complex was reserved for the eventual development of an amphitheater.

According to a letter that Chris Shipe, band spokesman, provided to town and county officials, Allen Kitselman of Main Street Architecture has agreed to prepare conceptual plans for an amphitheater, and Winchester-based professional engineer Tim Painter has agreed to help with site development plans. But that so far is the extent of the project.

Because the town and county jointly own the Government Center property, both the Berryville Town Council and Clarke County Board of Supervisors would have to formally approve an amphitheater project.

After plans are drawn up, money would be needed for construction and development. Donations from businesses, organizations and residents would be necessary.

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