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Staunton Awarded Grant to Fund New Stage Downtown

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Staunton is getting more money to improve its downtown area.

The Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Main Street program.

The money will provide a seasonal stage complete with a canopy, lighting and sound. It's intended for the parking lot across from Sunspots Studios.

"To help him pilot a program where in the eyes of the community he can establish that spot as a performance area downtown, In hopes that he'll be able to do a more permanent installation later on. And then the stage is going to be free to maybe be moved to somewhere else to create another venue," said Julie Markowitz, a member of the SDDA.

SDDA was awarded a $25,000 grant from the same program last year. It used a good chunk of that money to improve lighting in the wharf.

Reported by Tara Todd.

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