The Belfry is a community events space in Sisters Oregon. Our goal is to offer a space where community can come together for celebrations, fundraising, collaboration, school events, and entertainment.
Purchasing The Belfry on a shoe string, we have done a lot with a little. Relying on the help from our community, used furniture from Habitat for Humanity, and a little good luck we were able to get up and running very quickly. In just a short time we've hosted/booked several Fundraisers, Science Clubs, Comedy Night, School Events (Prom!), and of course...AMAZING MUSIC!!
At this time we are facing an unexpected request from the City of Sisters to make some changes to the 100 year old building to bring it up to code. First and foremost, we need to install a fire sprinkler system throughout the entire building. We also need to add two more exterior exits as well as new doors and hardware. Emergency lights and updated exit signs will also need to be added.
As part of our kickstarter campaign we want to install a professional sound system and stage lights in order to meet the needs of national music acts as well as weddings and conferences. Any extra funding will go towards a projector and screen to increase the versatility of our events space.
Lastly, with any remaining dollars we will work to convert the 2000 sq. ft. Annex next door into a Sisters Youth Hostel...a.k.a. The Belfry Bunkhouse. We will offer two private rooms and two six person bunk rooms with shared bathrooms and communal kitchen. There will be maps and community information for out of town travelers. With the Central Oregon Breeze bustop only steps away we hope to attract UofO students, hikers, and bikers to discover our town!
Risks and challenges
I am no stranger to risks and challenges. With sixteen years of experience owning Angeline's Bakery, I have learned a lot about what it takes to keep a business open in a small town.
Dealing with a 100 year old building will be my biggest challenge. I have done a lot of research on the history of this old church and feel like I have a sense of the potential risks. I will continue to try and stay on top of all it's little quirks and needs.
The other challenge of running a community event space in a small town is that we have limited numbers of people to draw from to patronize our events. We need continued customer support in order to pay our bills and keep our doors open. To address that, I am working to offer a wide range of events, with a wide range of prices. I am also working hard to provide enough fabulous entertainment that we draw folks from our neighboring cities such as Redmond, Bend, Eugene, and even Portland.
By rounding out the services we have to offer such as the Youth Hostel, we can become more of a destination therefore bringing a more diverse crowd to Sisters and thus our event center.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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