Project Icehouse amphitheater open and ready to bring the crowds to downtown Lexington
Lexington, SC – The town of Lexington held the ribbon cutting for their Project Icehouse amphitheater Thursday morning under beautiful skies. The temperature was in the low 70’s and the breeze was just stirring as hundreds gathered to see the official ribbon cutting. In attendance were dignitaries, public servants, and citizens who came to marvel at the beauty of the new facility.
Special guests included Congressman Joe Wilson, Representative Rick Quinn, former mayor Randy Halfacre, Lexington County Councilperson Debbie Summers, Sheriff Jay Koon, Coroner Margaret Fisher, the entire Lexington town council, Police Chief Terrance Green, and many more. They were entertained by a contingent of talented musicians from the Lexington High School Wildcat Band.
The amphitheater was built on the site of the former Havird Oil and ice production plant near the intersection of West Main and South Church Streets in the heart of the downtown district of Lexington. It is an integral part of the vision plan adopted by the town’s government in 2012.
The venue has a capacity of 900 with terraced seating that slopes dramatically to the large and attractive stage. The architecture of the structures is of heavy stone and timbers that give the impression that you are in the foothills of the state.
There are permanent bathrooms, a large paved parking area, and the entire facility was built to be handicapped friendly. It has a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system that will certainly benefit the musical and theatrical productions that are already being booked into the venue.
Lexington’s mayor Steve McDougal spoke of the collaborative partnership that made Project Icehouse a reality. The town’s government was assisted and supported in the effort by Lexington County, Lexington School District One, the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, and the businesses that call Lexington home. All believe in the importance of furthering the arts in the area and the need for projects that will draw corporations and small businesses as well as their patrons and employees.
McDougal reminded those in attendance that this theater would act as an anchor for the downtown revitalization efforts. It ties together some of the town’s most attractive amenities. These include the municipal complex, Virginia Hylton Park, the Palmetto Collegiate Institute, the Lexington Square Park at the courthouse, and the town’s central business district. That district is already coming alive with restaurants and night spots as well as boutique businesses and small offices. It is already home to the headquarters of the Lexington County Blowfish baseball team, a fine clothier, and a number of casual dining restaurants. It is the latest destination stop for residents and tourists alike who want to enjoy a night out on the town. With 1,000 parking spots in proximity to the venue, visitors will be able to park their cars and walk in that area enjoying both public events and the commercial entertainment and dining opportunities. McDougal said that there have already been serious conversations with developers about more boutique businesses coming to the downtown.
Opening events for the Icehouse theatre include the Lexington Craft Beerfest on Saturday, October 15, which will take place from 6 - 10 pm. It will feature music from 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute band, and have over 30 craft beer vendors for sampling.
Lexington has already planned their first FREE concert, Downtown Jams, for Thursday, October 27, from 6pm-9pm. The event is a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music from The Root Doctors, along with free face painting, balloon animals and a photo booth for souvenir pictures!
Tickets for this Saturday’s Beerfest can be purchased online from the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor Center’s website (www.lexingtonsc.org). You can follow the upcoming events at the Icehouse amphitheater on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Icehouse-Amphitheater-1165399523503669/?ref=bookmarks&qsefr=1. To learn more about the town of Lexington’s vision plan, you can visit their website at www.lexsc.com.