We are excited to share one of our biggest behind-the-scenes projects this past year. We’re renovating the Southern Stage! When work began in May, members of The Steel Wheels joined a group of volunteers in dismantling the stage at Natural Chimneys Park. By the time the sixth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival begins on July 13, a much bigger and better stage will have taken its place!
The timber frame structure, now going up at Natural Chimneys, represents our biggest investment yet in the park, which has hosted the festival since the beginning. The $100,000 project is made possible by the generous support of several local businesses and individuals and will be owned by Natural Chimneys, benefitting both the festival and the surrounding community for a long time to come.
Blue Ridge Timberwrights, a timber frame builder based in Christiansburg, Va. and primary supporter of the stage renovation, will have naming rights to the stage (final name TBD). Two other area contractors and Red Wing sponsors are also playing significant roles. Herr & Co. Building Contractors is serving as the project’s general contractor, while Venture Builders Inc. is coordinating and supervising the labor. Rounding out the effort are well over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor donated by supporters of the festival. THANK YOU ALL for your contributions to make this a reality!
The many artists who have performed at Red Wing over the past five years are a continuation of Natural Chimneys’ long tradition of musical performance, which includes an appearance by country legend Hank Williams Sr. in 1950. By building the new stage, Red Wing hopes to remain a part of that tradition long into the future.
Stay tuned for more photos of the new stage on our Facebook page!