ADA—“The young men produced volumes of sweat and tears during that hot summer of 1934. It was the Great Depression and scores of men put their backs and their hearts into the Civilliam Conservation Corps project.”

So begins a promotional piece about Wintersmith Park’s amphitheater. This afternoon at 2 p.m., apmphitheater restoration committee members are inviting the public to celbrate an effort that has required others more recently investing their blood, sweat, tears, backs and hearts into another effort involving the amphitheater -- it’s restoration.

“We have a lot of entertainment and we want to showcase that,” said Randy McFarlin, director of parks and recreation for the city of Ada. McFarlin said local favorites Guy Logsdon, Jae L. Stilwell, Southern Sonlight, Clancy Davis, darla Sadler and Amber Henderson will all be on hand to entertain.

Both Wintersmith Park and its amphitheater were constructed in 194 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal designed to put people back to work who had suffered job loss during the Great Depression.

Building the amphitheater took 20 workers four months. Blasting broke up tough limestone in the are and a crew of rock masons placed native stones properly in place. Noc concrete or metal was used in construction of the amphitheater.

Over the years, it has hosted community “sings,” plays such as “You Can’t take it with You,” “Our Town,” “South Pacific” and “The Music Man,” beauty pageants and talent shows. Organizers hope when restoration is finalized other such productions will again be hosted there.

Renovation and revitalization of the amphitheater is the offical city of Ada project for the Oklahoma Centennial.

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