The public is invited to attend a timber frame hand-raising of the Granary District Stage Amphitheater on Saturday, August 15th from 9am to noon-ish in McMinnville, Oregon.
There’s something special about a project that is a total community effort. Up until a hundred or so years ago, all frames were raised by hand, so this raising is both a nod to the traditional and a way of engaging the community members to make this stage their own.
The Granary District in McMinnville, Oregon is a redevelopment effort that began in 2000 by Kelly McDonald. A former heavy industrial site situated in close proximity to downtown, the uses became obsolete and many buildings were vacated. Over a 15-year period, 4.5 acres of property and 7 buildings have been rezoned into commercial/light industrial mixed-use planned development. Small production wineries with tasting rooms, a day spa, a fitness studio, a brewpub, and numerous retail shops make up a unique blend of spaces on the site. The Granary District also serves as a public venue for many seasonal community events with its wide-open spaces; events include Oregon Brews & BBQs, Flix on the Tin, The Walnut City Music Festival, and more.
“By working with other businesses and community members to build the Granary District Stage Amphitheater, we are proving a much nicer venue for existing and future events. Currently, a temporary stage with a rented tent is set up for events. The new stage not only provides a more permanent venue, but the quality of the architecture and construction represents the higher standard that our community embodies,” says Kelly McDonald of the Granary District.
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 9 am to 12 pm (ish)
Where: NE Alpine Street (between 5th and 8th)
After the raising: The 3rd Annual Walnut City Music Festival
Location: Granary District, McMinnville, OR