|TWO OF MANY SAMPLES AVAILABLE BY PLAN|
|CURRENT SMALL GAZEBO AT SLI|
(OLD SAND BOX)
Just within the last three years, I have heard individual members from three of the Board's Committees start up a conversation about the benefits of building a gazebo in the Park. The Program Committee member stressed the option of having one or more Friday night concerts under the gazebo in the Park so as to be able to take in the cooler breezes of the sunset as opposed to the closed indoor space of Epworth no matter how hot or humid.
The member of the Worship Committee pointed to last season's worship under the tent and spoke of how nice it was to worship in the great outdoors--at least on occasion. The member of Long Range Planning Committee from whom I heard made no bones about wanting to replace the 2500-seat amphitheater. I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed by the suggestion since we no longer have those size crowds. Nevertheless, there seems to be interest in utilizing the Park for some of our regular activities such as worship and concerts. Perhaps a gazebo seating between 150-200 would meet the needs of the current trends.
One of the suggestions included the adding of Victorian gingerbread to fit the Park and Historic District neighborhood. Stoody and Hoag serve the Institute well in the small group category but SLI could use a secondary and outdoor facility for the services and concerts that draw over 100.
Even the inspirational song, "To Dream the Impossible Dream" is filled with illustrations of overcoming the impossible and turning our dreams into realities. Let's at least keep the conversations going for the sake of serving people in the best of ways.