ROUSES POINT - The stage plans have been set.
When plans fell through to have the Fete de Danse, the village of Rouses Point had to come up with another plan to use their Quadricentennial grant money, received by the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.
The village received $22,500, and resident Geri Favreau knew another plan had to be prepared to salvage that money.
"That's a lot of money," said Favreau. "I hate to have that kind of money go away, because it's never coming back."
The state notified Favreau if the village could come up with a legacy project, they would allow the grant money to pay for it.
Favreau notified local committees, including the historical society, Fourth of July committee and the village board, to come up with ideas for the project.
"The one that seemed to really come out of it was to build an outdoor stage," said Favreau. "Because a few years ago, before the time I can remember, there was a stage in Rouse Park."
Favreau put together a committee who worked to come up with a design for the stage. Member Steve Merchant traveled to Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to take photos of their outdoor stages.
"We came back with a proposal and the stage is actually going to be based on the one that they have in Saranac Lake," said Favreau. "There's is a little 'Adirondacky' looking. Ours won't be. We're going to try to make it look appropriate for our village."
Now the ground is being set in Rouse Park on Lake Street to have the 30 foot by 20 foot stage built, but Favreau and the committee are turning to the community for further help.
Despite the fact the village is receiving a grant, it is necessary for the committee to first spend the money, before they receive the money.
"We're building what we can afford. Right now our budget is about $20,000," explained Favreau. "We've had some very nice donations from the [American Legion], the fire department, the auxiliary, the Rotary, the Woodmen [of the World]. The civic organizations have really stepped up."
However, the committee realizes it's difficult for the civic groups to always contribute.
"How many times can you ask them to put their hands in their pocket? They always do but it's just hard to keep asking them," she said.
"Obviously, we don't have enough money yet to do exactly what we want to do so we're reaching out to some of the local businesses, and we would also like to ... reach out to the residents of the village if they would like to make a donation," added Favreau.
Any money left over after the stage is constructed will be used for a sound system, lighting system, storage, or concerts. The plan is to have the stage be used for whoever wants to use it, "to give [the residents] something here in the village to come to.
"I think it's going to be wonderful," said Favreau.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Favreau at 297-2064, Merchant at 297-2954, or the village office at 297-5502.