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Help us bring the Virginia Tech Duck Pond Amphitheater back to life with community art, music and theatre!

The Amphitheatre near The Grove and the Duck Pond is a revered garden area known by virtually all alumni. The Amphitheatre was an initiative of the Southwest Virginia Garden Club and the Virginia State Federation of Garden Clubs. It was built by ‘relief workers’, likely by the Work Projects Authority (WPA) or Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed by the Federal Government during the Great Depression. It was dedicated in 1935. It was originally called the ‘Garden Theatre’ built as a place for birds and plants and as a memorial to the pioneers who settled the Mountain Empire of Southwest Virginia. It has been used for weddings, plays, movies and quiet reflection for the past 74 years.

By 2003, a Hemlock disease had killed virtually all trees in the amphitheater. In response to this a renovation plan was prepared in 2004. The initial restoration work consisted shade and flowering trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs and construction of grass paths connecting to the Duck Pond Park as noted in historical records from the 1930’s. Much work remains to be done to restore the garden including stone terrace and wall repair, lighting, water fountain repair, and additional planting.

As a collective group of alumni students who mostly majored in theatre at Virginia Tech, we hate to see a good stage go out to pasture. We want to get the Duck Pond Amphitheater back in lights, camera, action! A lot of really wonderful work has already been done by the The Arboretum Committee and VT Grounds, but they require $10,000.00 for the stage to be safe and active again. As a part of this plan, we are going to put on show to inaugurate the stage back into commission. this show will feature local artists who are versed in music, theatre, comedy and a variety of other entertainments. You pledge will not only make it safe for us to perform, it will also allow us to perform and that is the greatest gift of all! So help us give back to our community, so we can give back to you, and the cycle of non-profit, local arts turns on and on! Thank you so much for your support. If you'd rather make a donation by buying a Local Support T-shirt directly, please follow this link: http://www.customink.com/signup/13ekyp8y

THINK OF IT THIS WAY: Would you like it if people were conservation-focused and planting trees and flowers? Would you like it if people were creating art/music/dance/theatre? And then, would you like it if this space was public for all to use, including yourself, not just some single purchase item that loses value through the years? Might I interest you in investing in all of those things? DONATE!

LIVE FUNDRAISER AT THE AMPHITHEATRE: Sept. 22nd 12pm-2pm - if you are going to the Bowling Green Home Football Game, stop by, hear Time Wave Zero and drop some money in the hat! :)

AFTER LABOR DAY UPDATE: Now also with new-found assistance through a few local bands and set to become a part of the VT Engineering school 3D modeling project! :)

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  • Yes! We would be happy to feature clubs and individuals on the plaque! However you would like to appear, we will happily put any names under the group name or just the group name or just the collective individuals who donated! You make the call!

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  • As part of the online presence, there will also be campus/downtown/drillfield/VT football presence throughout the month, as sometimes it is difficult to expand an online circle - and we would like to get current and past students, staff and faculty involved. We're all in this together, and with many people coming together in small ways, we can make a difference!

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  • The event is planned for October 13, 2012; 12pm-2pm (or 11am-3pm; if we can get a lot of acts to participate!) - to coincide with Homecoming! We currently have the support of some local theatre artists/playwrights and Time Wave Zero committed to participate for the show - but we can also plan some fun crowd activities, and will have some visual art presented as well.

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  • The blueprints are a part of the compiled static picture. The majority of the funds we need involve renovating all of the crumbling the Hokie Stone throughout and replacing a lot what was lost of the stage and the skirt from the 1935 image, purchasing plants to replace the ones lost to hemlock disease, repairing the fountains and improving the permanent lighting (currently, there is just the plug stand in the middle of the stage - but because this wiring exists, this will lead to a fuller lighting system for the stage area). This is just a small contribution from a lot of other areas and patrons who donate to the horticulture and garden society - because this is a lot of work! But we're trying to get the word out to alumni to help support in smaller ways instead of waiting for larger single donations from patrons.

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  • Thank you so much for your questions! Keep them up, it will help us grow and get out there! :)

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    Upon your donation, we will initially send you a personalized thank you note with a picture of the organizers of this project in the "before" space, along with a second mailing when we are done performing of the program of the event, where you and all of the other Kickstarter backers will be thanked by name for all who attend the event to read and admire. All $5 pledgers will also have the distinct honor of having a comedic or dramatic script made out of their names as a featured part of our production! We will send you an electronic video copy if you are unable to enjoy this routine in person. If you are local and willing to travel to Southwest Virginia we will give you a free ticket to the show!

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    We will mail you a lovely, glossy 8x10 photo of the refurbished amphitheater with all of the organizers and artists happily ensconced inside - this print will be framed and signed by our lovely, glossy artists as a thank you for your support. If you are local or willing to travel to Southwest Virginia, we will give you 2 tickets for your and your honey to see the show!

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    We will include the $10 pledge gift with electronic copies of art from our evening of revitalization. Your local Virginia art will come on a thumb drive and include anything from live music mp3's to digital photographs to short scripts of shows. If you are local or willing to travel to Southwest Virginia, we will give you two additional free tickets to the show! (4 whole tickets to bring your whole family!)

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    We will include the $25 pledge gift along with a fundraising t-shirt - which is some lovingly crafted amphitheater swag (Check it out here: http://www.customink.com/signup/13ekyp8y). (We may even craft a few more surprise items, like a bag or a sticker or two...) If you are local or willing to travel to Southwest Virginia, this level of support give you the option to be a part of the show! If you are an artist with something to share, you can sing, dance, tell jokes, juggle, play instruments, storytell - WHATEVER family-friendly fare you have to showcase on our beautiful new stage!

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    We will include the $50 pledge gift and engrave your name on a shiny, golden, luxurious plaque that will be a permanent fixture at the amphitheater for years to come and all of us to admire with every performance and garden stroll.

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