Bill and Joan Alfond Offer A Challenge Grant for
Snow Pond Center for the Art’s
Bowl in the Pines!

SIDNEY, MaineSnow Pond Center for the Arts is proud to announce that it has received a challenge grant through the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation to help to make renovations and improvements to the Bowl in the Pines amphitheater. The Alfond challenge grant requires Snow Pond to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2017 to receive $65,000 from the Foundation in support of this community project. “We are grateful that the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation has chosen to support the Bowl in the Pines project. The Alfond challenge gift provides momentum and inspires support for this project that will benefit the entire Central Maine community, ”
said John Wiggin, Executive Director.

The Bowl in the Pines amphitheater in Sidney is one of the nation’s largest outdoor stages. With marvelous acoustics and a natural lakeside setting, the Bowl is one of the most appealing performance venues anywhere in the country. In summer 2017, Snow Pond offered 11 free public concerts and 3 ticketed events at the Bowl. With these improvements, Snow Pond will hold 7-8 ticketed events on a much larger scale and 12 free concerts. The renovations will help Snow Pond become one of the premier outdoor concert venues in New England, allowing all of Central Maine to enjoy major national music performances in our own backyard.

In the spring of 2018, framing and additional decking will extend the stage forward by eight feet, while improved steel supports will allow for the additional sound and lighting required by national touring artists. In the fall of 2018, concession renovations, ambient lighting, and landscaping will be completed. The impact of this investment will bring well-known performers and larger summer concerts to Central Maine, in addition to bringing a substantial amount of revenue to the local businesses from the increase in visitors to the region (estimated at $350,000 or more per event). Any profits from events will support all students, their families, and community members that are engaged in any of the Snow Pond programs or facilities.

“We are optimistic that the Central Maine community will strongly support this project. It is rare that a relatively modest investment will provide so many benefits to the children in this region and to the vibrancy and economic health of this community. All are encouraged to visit Snow Pond to see first hand the enormous opportunities this creates.  We sincerely appreciate the William and Joan Alfond Foundation for making this Bowl project possible.” – John Wiggin

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