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Stage Updates

Stage Updates

April '19 Update

In preparation for a busy Easter holiday weekend at Schoolhouse Park, a crew of seven past and present GICCA board members met at the Stage Project construction site for a Spring cleanup.

Cleanup crew (L to R): Carol Deach (back), Liz Hartley (front), Emma Schroder, Deb Strathman, Barb Ohms (back), Julie Pingree (front).

Not pictured: Rob Schroder


One of the hoop houses is no longer needed and was removed. The second will come down soon in preparation for the arrival of fill dirt. The deck platform is very close to completion which will signal the end of Phase I of the project. Thank you to Mike Gwost, Jorge and Bill Clark for your work on the deck.


Construction has gone on much longer than anticipated and our building permit has expired with no extensions remaining. Phase II will require better planning and a new building permit. The GICCA board is responsive to the community's desire to see the project finished. Please check here for a detailed description of the Phasing Plan adopted by the GICCA Board. Please contact Barb Ohms or Rob Schroder if you have questions on the steps ahead.


March '18 Update

The weather this winter has kept even the hardiest of our volunteers from working on the Stage the last few months. The Community Center Association has the Phase I plan laid out. Our project manager, Rob Schroder, is working with longtime islander and retired builder, Jep Burdock to complete some electrical work before we can finish the decking. Next, we need a stretch of dry weather and more fill dirt before we can finish the grading. When that's done and the hoop houses are removed, we will have a performance platform that can be used.


With Rob and Jep's guidance and a good community effort of cooperation, we could complete Phase I this summer. A tribute to Banjo Eddie would be a fitting inaugural first performance for the stage.


The vertical sections and the roof (Phase II) need further planning and money in the bank. Project phasing information can be found here.


September '17 Update

Volunteers have been hard at work on Phase 1 of the Stage Project. Key word here - "volunteers". Many islanders are giving their time and talents to further progress on the stage, and for that, we're very grateful. The current work happening is part of Phase 1. Phase 2 will proceed once we have a budget and funding is available. Learn more about the project phases.


If you'd like to volunteer, there are jobs of every level that need hands - from staining wood to hammering and sawing. You don't need prior construction experience for many of the tasks. Just a desire to help and hands ready to work.


Jep Burdock, a long-time islander and retired builder, is generously lending his expertise to the stage project. Many thanks to Todd Figenshow, Michael Grennell, and Scott Parker who are working with Rob Schroder, project manager, and Jep to keep island volunteers involved. Anyone who wants to volunteer should contact one of these individuals or email us at to find out about volunteer opportunities. Be sure to fill out a Volunteer Waiver Form available by clicking HERE or at the site.