Our world is a better place because of music, art, and architecture. “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music” according to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. We work hard to deliver quality architecture and at supporting the music and art community. From our First Friday art openings to sponsoring the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, we look for ways to promote art and music in our local community. So when we were approached about doing a renovation design for the stage at Natural Chimneys Park and Campground, we jumped at the opportunity.
Natural Chimney park and campground, located in Augusta County, is a beautiful place on its own, but it is also home to some of the best music we have ever experienced. Each year, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival takes over the campground for a weekend in July. This annual family-friendly event brings together amazing music and people. The existing stage on the campground was adequate, not designed for musical performances, and in need of a facelift. We came up with a bold scheme after meeting with the festival organizers and hearing their goals. We learned more about lighting, photography, and sound for a band performance in order to create the right type of space. Our goal was to make a performance venue that fit the surroundings, could be built for the desired budget, and framed the performances. We wanted it to belong to the place, telling a story, inviting others into the space to create memories.
The result of our design work is this heavy timber structure built in collaboration with Herr and Company, Venture Builders, and Blue Ridge Timberwrights. This space, which was intentionally designed, has become one of our happy spaces in the valley.
“Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music” according to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.