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    • By Pat Locke

      The Seebühne, a massive floating stage on Lake Constance, is the centerpiece of the annual Bregenz Festival in Austria held in July and August. The stage hosts elaborate opera productions that are famous for extraordinary set design with an audience capacity that seats 11,735.

      The festival became an international event in its first year in 1946, one year after World War II.  People from Germany, Switzerland and France came to the festival.  Two stages were created out of floating stages on the lake that borders Germany, Switzerland and France. One barge is for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the other barge is used for carrying stage structures. The first festival took place with an evening of Mozart on a lavishly decorated barge which was a comparatively modest stage by today’s standards.  The community of Bregenz was lacking a theatre at that time so its greatest asset, Lake Constance, was chosen as a stage.  Initially, only a temporary solution, the choice of venue turned out to be decisive for its success. The Bregenz Festival Community was founded in 1950 and became a permanent body of organizers who continue to develop the festival today. 

      The imagination of the festival set designers has no limits. They are arguably the secret stars in this annual operatic performance and seem to outdo themselves with every new set, each more surreal than the last, taking on average 215 days to construct every two years on wooden stakes positioned around a concrete core.  The concrete core anchored to the lakeshore houses the necessary infrastructure for the festival which includes dressing rooms, the orchestra pit and the machine rooms where the technical wizardry is conducted much like the orchestra itself.  To go beyond the spectacular, the sets require cutting-edge technology.  The basic structure is supported by immense pillars anchored at the bottom of the lake and the decorations built upon the stage can reach up to 100 feet in height.


      British artist, Es Devlin’s sculpture for the operatic production from Carmen in 2017 is a pair of hands rising 80 feet out of the water. The hands are throwing a pack of cards in the air and within this freeze frame of a gesture the performance takes place. The opera is performed on and among the scattered and floating cards. Every surface evolves throughout the performance with projected video.

      One particular photo featured in this Spotlight story might make you think to yourself: From where do I recognize this giant eye? You may have seen it during one of 007’s adventures due to the fact that James Bond visited the Bregenz Festival in the film Quantum of Solace.


      by Pat Locke

      “I have always said that laughter is the best medicine and children are the greatest healers.  In their innocence and purity, they possess an extraordinary ability to bring joy and laughter to our lives.  When I make a child laugh, it’s like music to my ears.  Their laughter is genuine, unfiltered and contagious.  They remind us to find joy in the simplest things and to never take life too seriously.  Children are the heart and soul of comedy and they teach us that sometimes the silliest things can bring the greatest happiness.”

      Red Skelton

      In the summer of 2012 a memorable and fun production came to the beloved Bemus Bay Pops floating stage that brought smiles and laughter to local children of all ages.

      The Adventures of Eshe, the Ethiopian Elephant is a children’s interactive play and musical written, directed, choreographed and scored by Nancy Hahn.  The production was sponsored by Dan Dalpra and the Bemus Bay Pops in Bemus Point NY.  It was the quintessential collaboration of entertainment for children with community participation involving local businesses, libraries, radio stations and cable television. Outstanding local talent were seamlessly brought together in a shared mission for children resulting in a phenomenal production on the mesmerizingly beautiful floating stage.

      Children, parents and grandparents arrived from across the region and were an appreciative audience in all of the sold-out shows.  Every child who attended left with the book entitled The Adventures of Eshe, the Ethiopian Elephant, a colorful t-shirt, a floor mat and a colorful hand-held fan. Although Eshe, the Ethiopian Elephant has since had many amazing adventures entertaining and inspiring children, globally, the Bemus Bay Pops and its floating stage will always be an irreplaceable and indelible memory.  

      “Every character I create, every book I write, every song I compose and every dance I choreograph is filled with boundless love and joy for children.” 

      Nancy Belle Hahn

      Nancy Hahn is an entrepreneur, author, multimedia company content creator and songwriter. She is the founder/owner of many iHeart radio stations among them being iRead2Know and was the first woman in the United States to earn the distinction of building a broadcast television station. For 25 years her stations were dedicated to variety entertainment with an emphasis on quality children and family programming.  Hahn was an International Broadband Media and Spectrum consultant for Nextwave International.

      Hahn began her early career as an elementary school teacher, board of education curriculum writer, professional dancer, college dance teacher and dance company choreographer.  She then began writing and producing for children’s television shows.  Hahn has created 75 children’s books, 150 original children’s characters and has written 12 children’s musicials.  She uses her professional BMI radio songwriting skills in pops, classical, rock, Broadway, opera and reggae music genres to compose a musical score/soundtrack for each character and song in all of her children’s books. Hahn has worked with retail outlets for over 10 years creating 100 products in apparel, toys and books. She has coined her contents and products as entertainment with a multi-cultural focus.

      The animal characters created by Hahn are critically endangered species engaging children in environmental awareness and conservation education.  In June of 2022, Abundance International published Hahn’s book, Comfort For Kids dedicated to supporting Ukranian orphans. 

      A floating stage can also provide children programming with clowns, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians and even pantomine acts which is the art of expressing through gestures often accompanied by music.  A comedy entertainer in the 1950s was a clown named Clarabell from the Howdy Doody Show.  Clarabell represented the face of comedy without ever speaking.  He wore a baggy, striped costume and communicated through mime by honking a horn for “yes” or “no”. 

      “Kids have an amazing ability to find humor in the simplest things.  They remind us that laughter is the universal language.” 

      Jim Gaffigan

      “Entertaining kids is like being a magician.  You have to create an illusion of laughter and wonder that captivates their imaginations.”  

      Robin Williams

      A floating stage can add an extra element of surprise and excitement to a comedian’s antics. It can be incorporated into improvised scenes which add a unique twist to the humor. It can serve as the central platform where each act takes place providing a visually captivating experience and it can be transformed into different settings to enhance the comedic storytelling.

      “Kids are like little comedy sponges.  They absorb humor and squeeze out laughter.  It’s our job as comedians to keep them soaked in amusement.”  

      Steve Martin

      “Kids are the toughest audience.  If you can make a child laugh, you’ve mastered the art of comedy.”  

      Ellen DeGeneres

      A floating stage can provide an interesting backdrop and create a sense of wonder and intrigue bringing about an experience completely different than most children have ever experienced .. sitting on a stage that floats.

      Floating Stage Productions is the original developer of a variety of programs produced on its floating stage with 20+ years of experience.  We can help make sharing the arts with kids to help entertain, educate and inspire in a unique fun setting that floats on water. 

      Contact us today.


      by Pat Locke

      The following article was found on the internet and originally written by Emily Robinson.  Today Emily can be found photographing DC architecture and obsessing over any and all music!  I have taken parts of her 11/01/2017 article to emphasize the comparisons between the DC floating stage that appeared in 1935 to the floating stage that appeared in Bemus Point NY on Chautauqua Lake/Chautauqua County 63 years later.  The floating stage concept has been around for a very long time and to realize we had our very own floating stage in Bemus Point is truly amazing brought to us by Dan Dalpra and the Dalpra family.


      The evening of July 14, 1935 was a clear, perfect summer night on the Potomac River.  The colors of the sunset gleamed off the water as the sun set over the Virginia Hills.  A cool breeze wafted over the shoreline.  On the river bank, just behind the Lincoln Memorial and parallel to the Arlington Memorial Bridge 10,000 Washingtonians dressed in flannel and gingham sat on blankets and newspapers.  On the water, hundreds of others floated in canoes eager to experience Washington’s newest summertime tradition – floating concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra.

      The NSO was taking to the water inaugurating a new “Sunset Symphony” series where the orchestra would offer performances on a 75 foot concert barge.  Hans Kindler, founder and first music director of the NSO stepped up to the podium and looked out upon the unbelieveable sea of people.


      The successful Sunset Symphony series debut did not come about without some challenges.  When the NSO was founded in 1931 money wasn’t available to finance summer symphony activities and there wasn’t an outdoor location large enough to support the symphony.  By 1935, the NSO Association had built a strong following and the orchestra directors pushed the idea of a summer series.  After touring a series of National Capital Parks, the directors decided that with some out-of-the-box thinking the location along the Potomac River could be a marvelous location for the summer concerts.  With the audience seating issue solved, directors needed a space for the orchestra, itself.  Space was tight and so they looked offshore. To ensure the orchestra’s sound carried all the way from the barge in the water to the land, the symphony association had a system of sound amplifiers installed on the stage which would disperse the music without distortion.  After some tests proved the amplifying apparatus to be entirely satisfactory, the orchestra could be hear flawlessly from the water.  For the National Symphony as an entity, the Sunset Symphony series signaled a step forward on the orchestra’s path as a rising major orchestra.  More established American orchestras had already started offering informal summer concert seasons.

      For the individual NSO musicians the floating stage concerts meant something even more basic – year round work which was no small achievement considering the hardships of the Great Depression.  The crowds coming out to see Sunset Symphony concerts only increased with each new season and the audience, on occasion, even included President Franklin Delano Roosevelt listening from the Presidential car in 1939. The National Symphony played concerts on the floating barge for six weeks every summer from 1935 until 1965 attracting thousands of concert-goers for those 30 memorable years!

      Even though the floating barge in DC is a distant memory today due to the existence of the Washington National Airport in 1965 which created a consistent overhead rumble for an outdoor concert venue it’s still fun to think about an earlier generation saying “grab your canoe and let’s go to the symphony!”

      Canoe and kayak owners did exactly that at the Bemus Bay Pops from 1998-2017. They came and floated near the floating stage to hear concerts on weekends and over Labor Day weekend for those 20 memorable years! On that official final weekend of summer the beloved Bemus Bay Pops Symphony Orchestra took to the floating stage in Bemus Point to officially end another fun-filled Pops summer concert season.  

      For those of us who experienced the Bemus Bay Pops it truly represents musical memories that will last a lifetime. The familiar term, “Whatever Floats Your .. Boat” applied to everyone who experienced the Pops on Bemus Bay from their boats, canoes and kayaks. It was a magical time.  It was a memorable time .. in 1935 and in 1998. 


      The art of creating “wow” with a floating stage combines the unique aspects of the floating stage itself with the strategies mentioned earlier. Here are some specific elements and strategies to consider when aiming to create “wow” with a floating stage: 

      Spectacular Visual Design: Take advantage of the floating stage’s unique setting and design a visually stunning experience. Incorporate captivating lighting effects, innovative stage configurations, and eye-catching props or set pieces. The visual impact of the floating stage itself can create a “wow” factor and leave the audience in awe. 

      Immersive and Interactive Experiences: Engage the audience in interactive experiences that make them feel like active participants rather than passive observers. Consider incorporating interactive elements such as water effects, projection mapping, or multimedia installations that involve the audience in the performance. This interactive approach enhances the sense of wonder and creates a memorable experience. 

      Unconventional Performances: Use the floating stage as a platform for unique and unconventional performances. Showcase acts that are specifically designed for the floating stage environment, such as aerial acrobatics, water-based performances, or synchronized swimming. These unexpected and thrilling performances add an extra layer of excitement and create a “wow” moment. 

      Integration of Technology: Embrace technological advancements to create captivating experiences. Consider using augmented reality, virtual reality, or holographic projections to add a futuristic and immersive touch to the performances on the floating stage. Integrating technology in innovative ways can create a sense of wonder and astonishment. 

      Unexpected Transitions and Transformations: Surprise the audience with unexpected transitions or transformations on the floating stage. Consider incorporating moving platforms, rotating stages, or hidden mechanisms that dynamically change the stage setup during the performance. These surprises create an element of anticipation and astonishment. 

      Collaborative Performances: Bring together multiple art forms and disciplines to create collaborative performances on the floating stage. Combine music, dance, theater, and visual arts to create a multidimensional and awe-inspiring experience. The synergy between different art forms can create a unique and unforgettable performance. 

      Fusion of Nature and Performance: Utilize the natural surroundings of the floating stage, such as the water, sky, or surrounding landscape, to enhance the performance. Incorporate elements of nature, such as water features, aerial acts against the backdrop of the sky, or creative use of the stage’s surroundings. Blending the performance with the natural environment adds a sense of harmony and wonder. 

      Surprise Finale or Grand Finale: Conclude the performance on the floating stage with a spectacular and surprising finale. Create a jaw-dropping moment that exceeds the audience’s expectations. This could involve a grand pyrotechnic display, a dazzling light show, or a dramatic conclusion that leaves the audience in awe. 

      Remember, the art of creating “wow” with a floating stage involves pushing creative boundaries, incorporating unique elements of the floating stage, and designing experiences that amaze and captivate the audience. By combining the characteristics of the floating stage with these strategies, you can create truly remarkable and unforgettable performances. 

      A floating stage program can offer several benefits to children, providing them with unique experiences and opportunities for growth. Here are some ways in which children can benefit from a floating stage program: 

      Creative Expression: Participating in a floating stage program allows children to explore and express their creativity. Whether they are involved in acting, singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument, the program provides a platform for children to unleash their imagination and artistic abilities. It encourages them to think outside the box, develop their own ideas, and express themselves through various art forms. 

      Confidence and Self-Esteem: Performing on a floating stage can boost children’s self-confidence and self- esteem. The experience of rehearsing, preparing, and eventually performing in front of an audience helps them overcome stage fright and develop a sense of accomplishment. Through positive feedback and applause, children gain confidence in their abilities and feel a sense of pride in their achievements. 

      Teamwork and Collaboration: A floating stage program often involves teamwork and collaboration, teaching children’s valuable social skills. They learn to work together with their peers, respecting each other’s ideas, and supporting one another to create a cohesive performance. Collaboration fosters communication, compromise, and the ability to appreciate diverse perspectives, which are essential skills both on and off the stage. 

      Discipline and Time Management: Being part of a floating stage program requires discipline and time management skills. Children need to attend rehearsals, learn lines, practice choreography, and meet deadlines. By participating in the program, they develop a sense of responsibility and the ability to manage their time effectively. These skills are transferable and can benefit children in other areas of their lives, such as academics and extracurricular activities. 

      Communication and Public Speaking: Performing on a floating stage involves communicating with an audience, which helps children develop their public speaking skills. They learn to project their voice, articulate clearly, and convey their emotions and messages effectively. These communication skills can be valuable in various aspects of their lives, from school presentations to future career opportunities. 

      Fun and Enjoyment: Ultimately, a floating stage program provides children with a fun and enjoyable experience. It allows them to escape into a world of creativity, imagination, and entertainment. The joy and excitement of performing and being part of a production contribute to their overall happiness and well-being. 

      These are just a few examples of how children can benefit from a floating stage program. Such programs offer a unique and immersive experience that promotes artistic development, personal growth, social skills, and cultural awareness in children. 

      Here are some additional specific ways in which children can benefit from a floating stage program: 

      Artistic Skill Development: Children can develop their artistic skills through participation in a floating stage program. They can learn acting techniques, improve their vocal abilities, enhance their dancing skills, or learn to play musical instruments. Regular practice and guidance from instructors can help them refine their talents and grow as performers. 

      Improved Communication and Expressive Abilities: Performing on a floating stage encourages children to communicate and express themselves effectively. They learn to project their voice, enunciate clearly, and use body language to convey emotions and messages. These skills enhance their overall communication abilities, including public speaking, confidence in expressing themselves, and effective storytelling. 

      Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem: Performing on a floating stage can boost children’s self-confidence and self- esteem. It allows them to overcome stage fright and gain confidence in their abilities. The positive feedback and recognition they receive for their performances can reinforce their self-worth, encourage them to take risks, and build a strong sense of self-assurance. 

      Collaboration and Teamwork: Floating stage programs often require children to work together as a team. They learn to collaborate with their peers, respect each other’s roles, and contribute to the overall success of the production. Through this collaboration, children develop valuable teamwork skills, such as effective communication, cooperation, compromise, and problem-solving. 

      Cultural Appreciation and Awareness: A floating stage program often exposes children to different cultures, stories, and art forms. Through their involvement, they develop an appreciation for diversity, cultural traditions, and artistic expressions from around the world. This exposure promotes open-mindedness, empathy, and a broader understanding of different perspectives. 

      Personal Growth and Emotional Expression: Performing on a floating stage allows children to explore and express a range of emotions. They learn to tap into their emotions, convey them through their performances, and develop emotional intelligence. This experience enables them to better understand their own emotions and those of others, fostering personal growth and empathy. 

      Joy, Fun, and Entertainment: Above all, participating in a floating stage program brings joy, fun, and entertainment to children’s lives. They get to experience the thrill of performing, engaging with an audience, and being part of a vibrant production. The enjoyment derived from these experiences contributes to their overall happiness and well-being. 

      These specific benefits highlight how a floating stage program can nurture children’s artistic abilities, communication skills, confidence, teamwork, discipline, cultural appreciation, emotional expression, and overall enjoyment of the performing arts. 

      Providing comedy on a floating stage can offer several unique benefits and enhance the overall entertainment experience. Here are some advantages: 

      Unique and Memorable Experience: A floating stage adds an extra element of novelty and excitement to the comedy performance. It offers a visually stunning setting that can leave a lasting impression on the audience. The combination of laughter and the serene surroundings of water creates a unique and memorable experience. 

      Versatile Locations: Floating stages can be set up in various locations, such as lakes, rivers, or even the ocean. This versatility allows comedy performances to be held in scenic and unconventional settings, making them more captivating and attractive to the audience. 

      Spectacular Views: A floating stage often provides breathtaking views of the surrounding water and landscapes. This natural beauty serves as a backdrop and enhances the overall ambiance of the comedy performance. The picturesque scenery can contribute to the audience’s enjoyment and create a more immersive experience. 

      Amplified Laughter: The open-air setting of a floating stage can enhance the acoustic experience. Laughter carries well over water, allowing the audience’s reactions to reverberate, creating a lively and energetic atmosphere. This amplification of laughter can add to the comedic timing and overall enjoyment of the performance. 

      Intimate Connection: A floating stage often offers a more intimate setting compared to traditional venues. The smaller and more enclosed space can create a sense of closeness between the performers and the audience. This intimate connection can increase engagement, as the audience feels more connected to the comedians and their jokes. 

      Flexibility and Creativity: Floating stages provide flexibility in terms of staging and set design. Comedians can take advantage of the unique environment to create innovative and creative performances. They can incorporate water-based props or visual gags that align with the floating stage concept, adding an extra layer of entertainment and surprise. 

      Attraction for Tourists: Floating stages can serve as a tourist attraction, drawing visitors who are interested in experiencing something out of the ordinary. Combining comedy with a floating stage can make it a must-see event for both locals and tourists, contributing to increased footfall and publicity. 

      Environmental Harmony: Floating stages can be designed and implemented in an eco-friendly manner, minimizing their impact on the environment. Using sustainable materials and incorporating renewable energy sources can align with the growing focus on environmental conservation. Such initiatives can enhance the reputation of the comedy event and appeal to environmentally conscious audiences. 

      In conclusion, providing comedy on a floating stage offers a unique and captivating experience, with benefits such as a memorable setting, versatile locations, spectacular views, amplified laughter, intimate connection, creative opportunities, tourist attraction, and environmental harmony. These factors combine to create an enjoyable and unforgettable comedy performance for both performers and audiences alike. 

      This would bring numerous benefits to communities, performers, and contribute to social and economic success. Here are some potential advantages: 

      Accessible cultural events: Floating Stages would provide communities with greater access to cultural events, including concerts, theatrical performances, dance shows, and other artistic presentations. This would allow residents, regardless of their location, to enjoy diverse forms of entertainment. 

      Community engagement: Floating Stages can become focal points for community engagement, bringing people together for shared experiences. They can host festivals, workshops, and interactive events, fostering a sense of belonging and community cohesion. 

      Tourism and economic growth: Floating Stages would attract tourists to various locations, leading to increased economic activity. Visitors from other areas would spend money on accommodation, dining, shopping, and local services, benefiting the local economy and supporting businesses. 

      Revitalizing waterfront areas: By utilizing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, or coastal regions, Floating Stages can revitalize waterfront areas that may have been underutilized or neglected. This can lead to urban renewal, increased property values, and the creation of vibrant, attractive spaces. 

      Environmental preservation: Floating Stages can be designed with sustainability in mind, using eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient technologies, and responsible waste management practices. They can also serve as platforms for raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting conservation efforts. 

      Performance opportunities: For performers, Floating Stages would provide new and unique performance opportunities. They can showcase their talent to diverse audiences, potentially reaching larger crowds and expanding their fan base. This exposure can lead to increased bookings and professional growth. 

      Cultural exchange and diversity: Floating Stages can facilitate cultural exchange by hosting performances from different regions and genres. They can promote diversity, tolerance, and understanding by showcasing a wide range of artistic expressions, fostering an inclusive and multicultural society. 

      Promoting local talent: Floating Stages can serve as platforms for local artists, musicians, and performers to showcase their skills and gain recognition within their own communities. This support for local talent can boost artistic development, inspire creativity, and nurture a thriving arts scene. 

      Employment opportunities: The establishment and operation of Floating Stages would create job opportunities in various sectors, including event management, stage design, technical support, hospitality, security, and more. This can contribute to local employment rates and provide livelihoods for individuals in the surrounding areas. 

      Educational programs: Floating Stages can also be utilized for educational purposes, hosting workshops, masterclasses, and educational programs for aspiring artists, students, and community members. This would promote artistic education and skills development, nurturing the next generation of performers and cultural enthusiasts. 

      Marine industry growth: The establishment of Floating Stages would create opportunities for the marine industry, including the construction, maintenance, and operation of these stages. It would involve professionals such as marine engineers, architects, boat builders, and technicians. This would stimulate the marine sector, contributing to its growth and providing employment opportunities. 

      Venue versatility: Floating Stages offer a unique and versatile venue for performances, particularly for musicians and artists who desire innovative settings for their shows. Celebrity performers can take advantage of these stages to create unforgettable experiences for their fans, incorporating water elements, elaborate stage designs, and captivating visual effects. 

      Iconic performances: Celebrity performers using Floating Stages would attract significant attention and media coverage, enhancing the visibility of the events and the communities hosting them. These iconic performances can generate a buzz, drawing larger audiences, tourism, and media interest, thus benefiting the local economy and increasing the cultural reputation of the area. 

      Nautical-themed events: The integration of the marine industry with Floating Stages opens up opportunities for nautical-themed events and collaborations. For example, performers can incorporate elements like boats, water projections, acrobatics, or water-based choreography into their shows, creating unique and memorable experiences for the audience. 

      Sponsorship and partnerships: Celebrity performers often have partnerships with brands and sponsors. By incorporating Floating Stages into their performances, these collaborations can extend to the marine industry, leading to sponsorships from boat manufacturers, maritime equipment suppliers, or other marine-related companies. This can provide financial support for the events and contribute to their overall success. 

      Maritime heritage and cultural connection: Floating Stages can celebrate the maritime heritage of coastal communities, highlighting their connection to the water and the significance of the marine industry. This can help preserve local traditions, promote cultural appreciation, and deepen community pride. 

      Collaboration with local talent: Celebrity performers using Floating Stages can collaborate with local artists and musicians, fostering mentorship opportunities and creating unique artistic collaborations. This interaction between established artists and emerging talent can inspire and motivate local performers, promoting artistic development and nurturing a vibrant arts community. 

      International recognition: Hosting celebrity performers on Floating Stages can attract international attention and recognition. This exposure can elevate the profile of the community, leading to increased tourism, media coverage, and potential partnerships with artists and organizations from around the world. 

      By integrating the marine industry and celebrity performers into a network of Floating Stages, the benefits extend beyond the local community. It promotes economic growth, fosters unique artistic collaborations, elevates the cultural scene, and creates opportunities for the marine industry to thrive. 

      Celebrities purchasing Floating Stages for their hometown communities can have a range of compelling reasons and benefits. Here are some key reasons why they might consider such an investment: 

      Community support: Celebrities often have a deep connection to their hometowns and a desire to give back to the communities that have supported them throughout their careers. Purchasing Floating Stages for their hometowns demonstrates their commitment to supporting local arts, culture, and entertainment. 

      Economic impact: Investing in Floating Stages can stimulate the local economy of their hometowns. The presence of these stages would attract tourists, generate revenue for local businesses, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the overall economic growth of the community. 

      Accessible entertainment: Floating Stages provide an accessible platform for entertainment, bringing cultural events and performances to communities that may have limited access to such experiences. By purchasing these stages, celebrities can ensure that their hometowns have access to diverse and high-quality entertainment, enhancing the overall quality of life for residents. 

      Talent development: Investing in Floating Stages can nurture local talent and provide aspiring artists and performers with opportunities to showcase their skills. By supporting the local arts scene, celebrities can contribute to the development and growth of emerging talent within their hometowns, creating a thriving artistic community. 

      Cultural preservation: Floating Stages can be used to celebrate and preserve the cultural heritage of a community. By purchasing these stages, celebrities can support events and performances that highlight the unique traditions, history, and artistic expressions of their hometowns, fostering cultural preservation and appreciation. 

      Increased visibility: Investing in Floating Stages can enhance the visibility and reputation of their hometowns within the entertainment industry. By bringing renowned performers to their communities, celebrities can attract media attention, generate positive publicity, and position their hometowns as vibrant and culturally significant destinations. 

      Philanthropic impact: Purchasing Floating Stages for their hometowns can be a philanthropic endeavor for celebrities, allowing them to make a meaningful contribution to the communities that shaped them. It can serve as a philanthropic legacy, benefiting generations to come and leaving a positive impact on their hometown’s cultural and artistic landscape. 

      Personal connection and pride: For celebrities, purchasing Floating Stages for their hometowns can be a personal and emotional decision. It allows them to demonstrate their love and pride for their roots, leaving a legacy that showcases their commitment to their community’s well-being and cultural enrichment. 

      In summary, celebrities purchasing Floating Stages for their hometown communities can support the local economy, provide accessible entertainment, nurture talent, preserve culture, enhance visibility, make a philanthropic impact, and express personal connection and pride. It is a powerful way for celebrities to give back to the communities that have supported them and contribute to the growth and vitality of their hometowns. 

      New Urbanism is an urban planning and design movement that promotes creating walkable, vibrant, and sustainable communities. It focuses on developing neighborhoods that are diverse, compact, and mixed-use, with an emphasis on human-scale design, connectivity, and public spaces. While New Urbanism typically addresses land-based developments, the concept can certainly benefit from innovative programs like the Floating Stage program in several ways: 

      Activation of underutilized spaces: Floating stages provide an opportunity to activate underutilized water bodies within urban areas. By using floating platforms for performances, events, or recreational activities, New Urbanism principles can be extended beyond land-based development and embrace the potential of water bodies as vibrant public spaces. 

      Increased connectivity: Floating stages can enhance the connectivity between land and water, serving as a bridge or transition point between the two. This integration strengthens the relationship between waterfront areas and adjacent neighborhoods, promoting a seamless and interconnected urban fabric. 

      Creation of dynamic public spaces: New Urbanism advocates for the creation of well-designed public spaces that encourage social interaction and community engagement. Floating stages can serve as flexible and adaptable platforms for a variety of cultural, artistic, and recreational activities, attracting residents and visitors alike. These stages can contribute to the vitality of the urban environment and foster a sense of place and community identity. 

      Enhancement of placemaking: Placemaking is an integral aspect of New Urbanism, as it seeks to create unique, memorable, and people-oriented places. The presence of a floating stage can become a signature feature of a waterfront development, creating a distinctive character, and attracting people to gather, socialize, and enjoy the amenities provided. This contributes to the overall success and desirability of the urban environment. 

      Sustainability and resilience: New Urbanism place a strong emphasis on sustainability and resilience in urban design. The Floating Stage program can align with these principles by incorporating environmentally friendly technologies and practices. For example, floating stages can be powered by renewable energy sources, incorporate green infrastructure elements, and be designed to withstand potential climate-related challenges like rising water levels or extreme weather events. 

      Economic benefits: By attracting visitors, fostering cultural events, and supporting local businesses, the Floating Stage program can contribute to the economic vitality of an area. This aligns with New Urbanism’s focus on creating economically diverse and vibrant communities by providing opportunities for commerce and entrepreneurship. 

      Overall, the Floating Stage program offers a unique and innovative approach to urban design that aligns with the principles of New Urbanism. By integrating floating stages into waterfront developments, cities can create dynamic, connected, and sustainable urban environments that benefit residents, businesses, and visitors alike. 

      Here are some additional details on the social, cultural, and economic benefits that the Floating Stage program can bring to New Urbanism: 

      Social Benefits

      Community gathering and social interaction: Floating stages provide a focal point for community gatherings, events, and performances. They create opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to come together, fostering social cohesion and a sense of belonging within the neighborhood. 

      Inclusivity and accessibility: Floating stages can be designed to accommodate various activities and events, making them accessible to people of all ages and abilities. This inclusivity promotes social equity and ensures that public spaces are welcoming and inclusive for everyone in the community. 

      Promotion of active lifestyles: The presence of floating stages encourages residents to engage in outdoor activities and participate in events and performances. This promotes a healthier lifestyle and encourages physical activity, contributing to improved public health and well-being. 

      Cultural Benefits

      Arts and cultural enrichment: Floating stages provide a platform for showcasing local artistic talent, hosting concerts, theater performances, and cultural festivals. They contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the community, celebrating local heritage and fostering a sense of pride and identity. 

      Exposure to diverse cultures: Floating stages can attract artists and performers from different backgrounds, exposing residents and visitors to a wide range of artistic expressions and cultural traditions. This exposure to diverse cultures promotes cultural understanding, appreciation, and dialogue. 

      Creative expression and community engagement: Floating stages can serve as a space for community-led initiatives, such as open mic nights, poetry slams, or art exhibitions. These activities encourage creative expression, empower local artists and residents, and strengthen community bonds through shared experiences. 

      Economic Benefits 

      Tourism and visitor spending: The presence of a floating stage and the hosting of events and performances can attract tourists and visitors to the area. This influx of visitors stimulates local businesses, including restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments, resulting in increased spending and economic growth. 

      Job creation: The Floating Stage program creates employment opportunities in various sectors, such as event management, hospitality, and tourism. These job opportunities can benefit local residents and contribute to the economic well-being of the community. 

      Business development and entrepreneurship: The popularity of floating stages and the associated events can spur the growth of local businesses, particularly those related to the arts, entertainment, and hospitality industries. The program can encourage entrepreneurship and the establishment of new businesses, contributing to a vibrant and diverse local economy. 

      By incorporating social, cultural, and economic considerations, the Floating Stage program enhances the overall impact of New Urbanism by creating dynamic, inclusive, and economically viable communities. 

      A floating outdoor entertainment program can be highly valuable for a community in numerous ways. Here are some key benefits: 

      Community Engagement: A floating outdoor entertainment program offers an opportunity to engage and bring together community members of all ages and backgrounds. It provides a shared experience that fosters a sense of unity, strengthens community bonds, and promotes social interaction among residents. 

      Cultural Enrichment: Outdoor entertainment programs on a floating stage can showcase a diverse range of cultural performances, such as concerts, theater productions, dance shows, and more. This exposure to different forms of art and cultural expressions enhances the community’s cultural appreciation, broadens horizons, and promotes inclusivity. 

      Economic Boost: A well-organized floating outdoor entertainment program can attract visitors from outside the community, leading to an increase in tourism and a boost to the local economy. Visitors may spend money on tickets, food and beverages, accommodations, transportation, and other goods and services, benefiting local businesses and creating job opportunities. 

      Community Pride: A floating outdoor entertainment program can instill a sense of pride and ownership among community members. It showcases the talent and creativity of local artists and performers, highlighting the community’s unique identity and cultural heritage. This pride can contribute to a positive community spirit and inspire individuals to actively participate in local events and initiatives. 

      Recreation and Leisure: The availability of outdoor entertainment programs on a floating stage provides residents with recreational and leisure opportunities. It offers a chance to enjoy performances in a natural and scenic setting, encouraging outdoor activities and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. 

      Tourism Promotion: A floating outdoor entertainment program can serve as a tourism attraction, drawing visitors from neighboring areas or even from a wider geographical region. This exposure can enhance the community’s reputation, increase its visibility, and position it as a desirable destination for future tourism, further bolstering the local economy. 

      Educational Opportunities: Outdoor entertainment programs often incorporate educational components, such as workshops, demonstrations, or informational sessions. These activities can provide valuable learning experiences for community members, particularly children and young adults, by introducing them to new art forms, cultural traditions, and creative processes. 

      Community Empowerment: Organizing a floating outdoor entertainment program requires collaboration and coordination among community members, local organizations, and authorities. This process can empower the community, fostering leadership skills, teamwork, and a sense of collective achievement. It also encourages community involvement in decision-making and allows residents to shape the cultural landscape of their locality. 

      Overall, a floating outdoor entertainment program has the potential to enrich the community’s social, cultural, and economic fabric. It brings people together, celebrates local talent, promotes tourism, and creates a vibrant and inclusive community space. 

      Here are the top ten reasons for purchasing a floating stage: 

      1. Unique Event Experiences: Owning a floating stage allows you to create extraordinary and unforgettable event experiences. The combination of water and performances provides a visually stunning and captivating setting that will leave a lasting impression on attendees.
      2. Versatility: Floating stages offer versatility in hosting a wide range of events. From concerts and music festivals to theater productions, dance performances, and corporate events, a floating stage can accommodate various types of gatherings and cater to diverse audiences.
      3. Attractiveness and Wow Factor: The visual appeal of a floating stage is unmatched. Its presence on the water adds a “wow” factor to any event, creating an immersive and mesmerizing atmosphere. This unique setting is sure to grab attention and generate excitement among attendees.
      4. Enhanced Acoustics: The natural acoustics of a floating stage can significantly enhance sound quality. The water acts as a natural amplifier, allowing the music and performances to carry and resonate more effectively. This ensures a high-quality audio experience for both performers and the audience.
      5. Iconic Photo and Video Opportunities: A floating stage provides exceptional photo and video opportunities. The picturesque backdrop of water and the stage itself can be visually striking, making it an ideal setting for capturing stunning images and videos that can be used for promotional purposes or to create lasting memories.
      6. Branding and Marketing: A floating stage offers excellent branding and marketing opportunities. Its unique and eye-catching design can help increase brand visibility and recognition. It can also attract media coverage, social media shares, and word-of-mouth promotion, enhancing your event’s reach and success.
      7. Environmental Connection: Hosting events on a floating stage allows you to connect with the environment and promote sustainability. By utilizing existing bodies of water, you minimize the need for extensive construction and infrastructure development. This eco-friendly approach aligns with the growing focus on environmental responsibility and can resonate with environmentally conscious audiences.
      8. Mobility and Flexibility: Floating stages are mobile and can be easily transported and deployed to different locations. This flexibility allows you to take your events to various water bodies, expanding your reach and catering to different markets. It also provides opportunities for collaborations and partnerships with other venues or event organizers.
      9. Scalability and Customization: Floating stages can be designed and customized to meet your specific event requirements. They can be scaled up or down in size, tailored to different performance needs, and equipped with additional features like lighting, audio systems, and seating arrangements. This adaptability ensures that the stage aligns perfectly with your event vision.
      10. Investment Potential: Purchasing a floating stage can be seen as a long-term investment. If you plan to organize recurring events or rent out the stage to other event organizers, it can generate revenue and provide a return on investment over time.


      Additionally, owning a floating stage can position you as a go-to provider for unique and memorable event experiences, opening doors to new business opportunities. 

      These ten reasons highlight the various advantages and opportunities that come with owning a floating stage, making it an asset for community event organizers and businesses in the entertainment and marine industry. 

      Purchasing a floating stage can offer several advantages and unique opportunities. Here are some reasons why you might consider investing in a floating stage: 

      Versatility: Floating stages are highly versatile and can be used for various purposes. They can be deployed in lakes, rivers, or any body of water, providing an incredible backdrop for concerts, performances, theater productions, or even corporate events. The mobility of a floating stage allows you to take your event to different locations, attracting diverse audiences. 

      Spectacular Visuals: A floating stage creates a visually captivating experience. The water surrounding the stage adds an extra element of beauty and drama to any event. Performances on a floating stage often leave a lasting impression on the audience, creating a memorable and unique experience. 

      Enhanced Acoustics: The natural acoustic properties of water can enhance the sound quality of performances on a floating stage. The water acts as a reflective surface, allowing the sound waves to bounce and carry, resulting in a rich and immersive audio experience for the audience. 

      Unique Event Locations: Floating stages enable you to host events in unique and picturesque locations that might otherwise be inaccessible. Imagine organizing a concert on a lake, creating a magical atmosphere for both performers and attendees. These extraordinary settings can help your event stand out and attract a larger audience. 

      Branding and Marketing Opportunities: A floating stage can provide excellent branding and marketing opportunities. The striking visuals and distinctiveness of a floating stage can generate significant buzz and media attention. This can help promote your event, increase ticket sales, and create a positive association with your brand. 

      Environmental Connection: Hosting events on a floating stage can foster a stronger connection with nature and the environment. By utilizing existing bodies of water, you can reduce the need for building new infrastructure or disrupting natural landscapes. This eco-friendly approach can appeal to environmentally conscious audiences and contribute to sustainability efforts. 

      Flexibility and Scalability: Floating stages offer flexibility in terms of size and configuration. You can choose the stage dimensions and adapt it to the requirements of your event. Additionally, floating stages can be expanded or reduced in size based on the scale of the production or the number of attendees. 

      Unique Performance Possibilities: A floating stage opens a range of performance possibilities. Artists can incorporate water-based choreography, aerial performances, or unique lighting effects. The dynamic environment of a floating stage adds a layer of creativity and excitement to performances, captivating the audience in new and unexpected ways. 

      While purchasing a floating stage involves initial investment and logistical considerations, it can provide you with a remarkable platform to create unforgettable events and elevate your brand. 

      By Pat Locke

      Floating Stage Productions wishes to Welcome Lake Compounce to the floating stage family.  Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park located in Bristol, Connecticut having opened in 1846.  The park spans 322 acres which includes a beach area.
      Music has always been a major part of Lake Compounce’s history and so it continues today with the announcement of a new floating stage for their 2023 concert schedule.  Lake Compounce is the only entity in the State of Connecticut to provide this unique venue.  The parks leadership continues to provide the region with quality, affordable family fun and entertainment in its rich tradition of excellence.
      The first permanent building on the property was The Casino built in 1895 with an upstairs ballroom.  In the 1930s, an enormous dance floor without walls was added so visitors could dance “under the stars”.  A high-arched ceiling and windowed walls were added in 1937. Many big bands of the day played at Lake Compounce from Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey to Cab Calloway, Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Harry James to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.  In 1938, the Artie Shaw Orchestra performed with jazz/swing music female vocalist, Billie Holliday.  The all-time attendance record of 5,000 dancers was set in the Spring of 1941 when the Dorsey orchestra featured a young, up-and-coming male vocalist named Frank Sinatra.
      We salute Lake Compounce on their continued effort of “Bringing the Arts to the People” and including Floating Stage Productions in their expansion plans.
      For more information go to the Lake Compounce website.
      by Pat Locke
      Public transportation at Lake Compounce began in 1895 which brought thousands of park visitors to the park by trolley.  In about that same year, Timothy Murphy began to assemble the historic carousel.  He combined the works of 54 master carvers. Lake Compounce purchased it for $10,000 and opened it to the public on Memorial Day in 1911. The carousel was designed by German carver, Charles Looff and built in 1890. This rare surviving and operational Looff carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
      Special interest to boating history buffs is the fact that Lake Compounce purchased the first of three Chris Craft speedboats in May of 1929 for $2,800.  At a cost of 15 cents for a thrilling ride around the lake, the boats paid for themselves by July.  In 1943, Lake Compounce purchased a miniature steam railroad designed and built by British actor, William Gillette, portrayer of Sherlock Holmes. The following year more than 100,000 passengers rode on more than 35 tons of 17 gauge steel track. The train ride completely encircled the lake.

      by Pat Locke

      The floating stage was located in Bemus Point NY along the shores of Bemus Bay on beautiful Chautauqua Lake.
      “If you build it, they will come”. 
      And come, they did .. to experience what was known as the Bemus Bay Pops for 20 years!
      In 1998, the Pops was created by Dan and Sue Dalpra, former owners/operators of the Italian Fisherman restaurant. They experienced great success attracting people to the lawns, decks and waters of Bemus Bay. The series of concerts featured nationally known tribute bands on the Bemus Bay Pops floating stage.  Each weekend throughout the summer season audiences enjoyed a selection of music spotlighting the eras of disco, rock n’ roll, swing, jazz, rock, country, island and Motown.
      Over Labor Day weekend the Bemus Bay Pops Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bruce Morton Wright and John Marcellus presented a diverse program each season ranging from Gershwin and Sousa to the Beatles including motion picture musical themes. The Labor Day concerts through the years always featured vocalists who paid tribute to legends such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Barbra Streisand.
      The Bemus Bay Pops was often referred to by Dan and Sue Dalpra as Camelot. The Pops truly encompassed the word and its meaning ..
      In short, there’s simply not
      A more congenial spot
      For happily-ever-aftering
      Than here in Camelot


      The purpose of this report is to explore the numerous advantages that a floating stage can bring to a community. A floating stage offers a versatile performance space that can enhance community engagement, promote arts and culture, and provide economic benefits. Additionally, its unique location and adaptability contribute to its appeal. This report will examine each benefit in detail.

      Versatile Performance Space:

      A floating stage provides a dynamic and adaptable performance space that can accommodate a wide range of events. Whether it’s concerts, theater performances, dance shows, cultural festivals, or even educational programs, a floating stage offers a unique and memorable experience for performers and audiences alike. The floating nature of the stage adds an element of excitement and novelty to the performances, attracting both
      residents and tourists.

      Scenic Location:

      One of the key advantages of a floating stage is the ability to utilize picturesque locations such as lakes, rivers, or coastal areas. This scenic backdrop enhances the aesthetic appeal of performances, creating a visually stunning experience. The beauty of the natural environment combined with the performances adds to the overall atmosphere and enjoyment of the event. It can also serve as a promotional tool to attract visitors and showcase the community’s natural assets.

      Increased Capacity:

      Traditional performance venues often have limitations in terms of seating capacity. However, a floating stage offers the advantage of accommodating larger audiences. This increased capacity allows more people to
      attend and enjoy the performances, which can have a positive impact on ticket sales and revenue generation. The ability to cater to larger audiences is particularly beneficial for communities that experience high demand for cultural and artistic events.

      Enhanced Accessibility:

      Accessibility is an essential consideration for community events. By introducing a floating stage, communities can address accessibility challenges and ensure that people of all abilities can participate in and enjoy
      performances. Floating stages can be strategically positioned in easily accessible locations, providing equal opportunities for everyone to engage in cultural experiences. This inclusivity strengthens community bonds and fosters a sense of belonging among residents.

      Flexibility and Adaptability:

      The mobility of a floating stage offers unparalleled flexibility in event planning and scheduling. It can be relocated to different areas within the community or neighboring communities, catering to diverse
      populations and allowing a wider range of people to benefit from the performances. This adaptability is particularly useful for events that require changing venues, enabling organizers to host performances in unique and unconventional locations. The floating stage can also act as a temporary solution for communities lacking permanent performance spaces.

      Community Engagement:

      A floating stage serves as a focal point for community engagement and participation. It creates a shared space where residents can come together to enjoy cultural events, fostering a sense of togetherness and
      community identity. The stage can be utilized for various communityoriented programs, such as talent shows, youth performances, and local arts initiatives. This engagement strengthens social bonds, promotes collaboration, and cultivates a thriving community spirit.

      Economic Impact:

      The introduction of a floating stage can have a significant economic impact on the community. By
      hosting events on the floating stage, communities can attract visitors, boost tourism, and generate revenue from ticket
      sales, concessions, and associated businesses. Additionally, the increased foot traffic in the area can benefit local shops,
      restaurants, and hotels, contributing to the growth of the local economy. The floating stage becomes a catalyst for
      economic development and supports the sustainability of the community.

      Promotion of Arts and Culture:

      A floating stage serves as a platform for promoting arts and culture within the community. It offers local talent and artists an opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity. By providing a professional performance space, the floating stage nurtures artistic growth and encourages community members to express themselves. This support for arts and culture not only enriches the community’s cultural fabric but also attracts
      artists from outside the area, fostering a vibrant creative scene.

      Environmental Considerations:

      When designing and constructing a floating stage, it is essential to prioritize environmental considerations. By using sustainable materials and incorporating ecofriendly features, such as solar panels or water treatment systems, the floating stage can minimize its impact on the surrounding environment. This commitment to sustainability aligns with the broader goals of ecoconscious communities and ensures minimal ecological

      In Conclusion:

      The introduction of a floating stage to a community offers numerous benefits. From providing a versatile performance space and a scenic location to enhancing accessibility and promoting community engagement, a floating stage contributes to the overall wellbeing and cultural vibrancy of a community. Furthermore, the economic impact, the promotion of arts and culture, and the environmental considerations make the floating stage an asset that fosters community pride, attracts visitors, and creates memorable experiences for all.

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