HAMLET — City Council member David Lindsey and his wife, Kim — former president of the Seaboard Festival board — have promised a dollar-for-dollar match for any money pledged to build a festival entertainment site. Up to $10,000, that is.
Last month, Hamlet City Council approved rezoning for a plot on Champlain Street that the Lindseys wanted to donate for use by the yearly festival, as well as for city events. The Lindseys envision a stage, outbuildings, and security lighting and fencing on the lot.
‘This is the time of year when people are looking at their 2018 funds, and they’re thinking about where they’re going to spend their money next year,” said Deb Holmes, Seaboard Festival treasurer. Where Holmes envisions their spending it is on developing the donated property.
“The stage will be a fabulous thing for the community, and … busineses should be a part of that,” Holmes said. She has yet to collect actual money, but Holmes said this week that several businesses had expressed interest. Donors would receive recognition in the form of bricks or tiles or some other method that reflected community commitment to the project, she said.
The festival already has enough money to build a permanent stage, Holmes said. The next phase of development calls for fencing. After that will come storage and landscaping and, eventually, lighting, she said.
“I see it being utilized all year long,” she said. “This will be somewhere families will have something to do in Richmond County.”
David Lindsey said the donation of property “was just something we felt like we wanted, to help the community.”
“The more we get (in donations), the nicer, the bigger, the better we might be able to make of it,” he said of the site.
“(And) when you’ve got matching funds, people tend to open up their checkbooks quicker.”
Those interested in making donations may call 910-557-5570 or check out firstname.lastname@example.org, Holmes said.