1920s Good Cheer Bandstand
Designed by architect G. M. Diemert and constructed in Moreston Heritage Village in 2009, a not-for-profit group, the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer, made this project possible. The bandstand is octagonal, and has a cupola. The bandstand has electrical power capability so that it can be lit for evening performances, and it provides a stage for local musicians, actors, theatre companies and dancers to display their talents to entertain, educate and inform visitors at Grey Roots. It also enhances educational programming and provide shade and shelter.
The bandstand was put up in August of 2009 (and work continued through the fall). The cupola was placed onto it on November 20, 2009. The structure was officially opened on September 18, 2010.
Grey County and Owen Sound historically had a few bandstands (such as those at Meaford and Neustadt), but their designs were lighter and thinner, often with more height (and perhaps a storage room underneath). Due to today's building codes, the Good Cheer Bandstand is a beefier version able to withstand large groups and high winds. The railings are removable when needed and, with less height, the structure more accessible to all, including those in wheelchairs (not something that would exist on 20th-century bandstands).