The CAN DO Community Foundation is working to re-create the bandshell at Ferrwood Music Camp to resemble one that used to be located on the Conyngham Borough grounds.
Board of Directors members, at a recent meeting, received an update on the re-creation of the bandshell at Ferrwood by Matt Bayzick, Board member and volunteer project manager.
“While the bandshell will have a look and feel that will complement the historic camp lodge, it will feature contemporary acoustics, sound and lighting. ADA restrooms and classrooms are also included in the design” said Bayzick. The design and features were well received by the members.
However, when the construction timeline was discussed, it was agreed that due to the inability to stop the process while the children are there, the music camp will not open this season.
Chris Stamatopoulos, Board member and volunteer Camp Coordinator, said, “The Ferrwood team was hoping the bandshell refurbishment would be well underway and the construction could be interrupted without consequences. This is not the case, and as the music camp has always promised our families, we will err on the side of children’s safety. This is a disappointment for all of us.”
“This short-term disappointment will be a permanent improvement that will benefit the campers for many years to come,” said Gary F. Lamont, Foundation President.
Earl C. Berger, the Chairman of the Annual Fund Drive, reported that the community has been responding generously to the campaign, with the bandshell re-creation being its purpose. “The generous donations enable the foundation to continue the restoration, upgrading and upkeep of a community gem for today and for future generations. This re-created turn-of-the-century-designed bandshell will complement the historically significant camp,”said Berger.
Each summer since 1967, groups of young instrumentalists and vocalists have honed their skills at Ferrwood Music Camp. The historic country setting is home to programs that support education, healthy mind, body and spirit, mentorship, art, cultural experiences, music, camaraderie and good old fashioned summer fun.
The CAN DO Community Foundation has spent many years overseeing the camp's restoration. Thanks to the support of the community from individuals, businesses, foundations, unions and various grants, and donated labor and materials, the foundation has been successful in its continuing effort of restoring this historic gem located in Drums.
For further information go to www.ferrwoodcamp.org