Just in case you haven’t heard the exciting news out of Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage has announced an expansion and will soon be known as the Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park. The new pavilion will be located at the current location of The Cove Bar & Grille. Why the change you ask? Space is really the simple answer. With over 50,000+ patrons each year at The Freeman Stage, they will soon require more space to better accommodate guest’s needs. They will also need a larger space to facilitate the multiple requirements of many performances. With the growing list of national performers, this can only be a good thing for the Freeman Team.

The Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park is expected to take approximately 4 – 6 years to complete and will be quite the undertaking, financially. The entire project is expected to cost around $25 million and will be funded by the Carl M. Freeman Foundation in addition to a capital campaign through the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Keep your eyes peeled for fundraising efforts over the next few years. If history is any indication, then fundraising events should be just that… “fun”!

Another round of good news: The Freeman Stage will remain open during the construction over the next few years. It is expected that eventually the grounds that are currently sectioned off for The Freeman Stage will become part of the new venture for patrons to enjoy before, during and after performance times.

The Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park will continue to be a destination for the arts in the mid-Atlantic region allowing patrons to attend performances outdoor in a coastal town with a variety of seating options. Though this will be a larger venue than The Freeman Stage, the overall mission of the Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park will remain the same: partnering to present memorable performances and to provide inspired arts education for all.

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