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Popular Mahone Bay bandstand receives life-extending attention

The 20-year-old Mahone Bay bandstand is an integral part of the community, especially in warmer months as the site of the weekly concert series. When repairs were needed, the town completed them. The bandstand property itself is also receiving some accessibility upgrades.
The 20-year-old Mahone Bay bandstand is an integral part of the community, especially in warmer months as the site of the weekly concert series. When repairs were needed, the town completed them. The bandstand property itself is also receiving some accessibility upgrades. - Contributed

Accessibility upgrades also planned for surrounding property

The bandstand in Mahone Bay is well used by the community, so the town eagerly stepped in when it came time for needed repairs.

Built in 1996, the bandstand required some maintenance to help extend its life, said town CAO Dylan Heide.

“In addition to these repairs and a new roof, the bandstand property is receiving some accessibility upgrades, supported by the Provincial Community ACCESS-ability Program, including improved and extended walkways and new seating for the public,” he explains.

This summer, when construction was being completed, Heide says nothing dramatic occurred, and there were certainly no oxen around. Heide is referring to the 1996 installation when, according to Timberhart Woodworks website, a team of oxen and a 35-tonne crane from Lunenburg Foundry helped raise the original bandstand’s timber frame roof. Preassembled on the ground, it was lifted and put into position in one piece.

Heide says the bandstand is used frequently, especially in the warmer months with several concerts happening each week. The Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band and the newly formed Mahone Bay Music Association both conducted concert series there this past summer despite the renovations, he adds.

“We look forward to a full season of performances in 2020,” says Heide. “Anyone interested in booking the bandstand should contact the town office.”

Other upgrades are also planned for the town. Heide says an information session and open house will be held at the fire hall Nov. 26 from 5-7 p.m. concerning the town's plans for a new fire station.

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