Restoring Belmont's bandstand 'a labor of love'
By DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent | February 02. 2014 9:02PM
J.R. Graton of Northfield, a member of the famous New Hampshire Graton family covered-bridge makers, stands next to his work at restoring the Belmont town bandstand. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
That's because the 1908 bandstand was built to high acoustic standards. In those days, there were no speakers or amplifiers. When a musician played or a singer sang, the perfectly angled bandstand ceiling was the only source of amplification to crowds that gathered on summer nights for concerts.
"It's a labor of love," he says.
The bandstand restoration, while not technically part of the larger downtown restoration project, is important to bring back the town's historic character, said Linda Frawley of the town's Heritage Commission.
The bandstand, which is now located a few feet from where it was built in 1908, has been moved while residents searched for its new home. It now sits in a perfect place, Frawley said, across from the historic Belmont Mill buildings.
Painting and installing electricity will complete the work. Frawley said the project should be finished by the fall of 2015 at the latest.