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Bardic Heart Civic Center to hold grand opening tonight

Local businessman Sean O’Neal said he stumbled into his latest business endeavor— the Bardic Heart Civic Center— by accident.
About a year ago, he opened Main Street Coffee and More, then started working on a second project, the New River Valley Youth Center, a few months later.
Unfortunately, due to the poor economy and other factors, those two projects were short-lived.
However, O’Neal thinks he may have found his niche with the Bardic Heart Civic Center, which is located at 84 W. Main Street, in the former location of the NRV Youth Center.
Since late 2008, the Bardic Heart Civic Center has played host primarily to local rock and metal band concerts, but O’Neal also plans to make the Center available for events such as weddings and wedding receptions, birthday parties, beauty pageants and fashion shows, along with dance and art classes.
Over the past several weeks, O’Neal’s main focus has been to give the Center a much-needed facelift. With a background in decorative painting, he has been putting his skills to use throughout the building, painting what he described as a "Victorian look with a little bit of Irish charm."
In future months, he plans to paint murals featuring historic sites within the Town of Pulaski, including the Pulaski Train Station and Maple Shade Inn.
"I’m really going for that ‘wow’ factor— something that people in Pulaski will be proud of," O’Neal said, noting that it is his goal to have the Center looking as good as the Pulaski Theatre, because he believes the two venues can be good "anchor points on Main Street."
He added that he is "not looking to compete" with the Pulaski Theatre or any other businesses in downtown Pulaski, but instead, hopes to form partnerships with them and work together to draw more people and business to Pulaski’s downtown area.
O’Neal plans to completely renovate the Bardic Heart Civic Center in four phases, with phase one focusing on the painting, phase two focusing on adding a sound booth, renovating the stage and expanding the building’s bathrooms, phase three on adding a concessions area/cafe upstairs and the last phase will be devoted to new heating and air.
On Thursday, April 23, O’Neal will host an open house at the Bardic Heart Civic Center.
The night before, on Wednesday, April 22, the Center will host a grand opening concert featuring the bands Oceano, Burning the Masses, Conducting from the Grave and Diskreet. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $15 at the door, and pre-sale tickets are $10.
O’Neal commented that he has been impressed by how well-behaved the crowds have been at past concerts at the Center, and that he has been surprised by how far people have traveled to attend these events, noting that along with people from Pulaski and Dublin, concert-goers have traveled from as far away as Galax and Mt. Airy.
O’Neal also noted that the Bardic Heart Civic Center is both an alcohol and smoke-free environment.

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Bardic Heart Civic Center to hold grand opening tonight

Local businessman Sean O’Neal said he stumbled into his latest business endeavor— the Bardic Heart Civic Center— by accident.
About a year ago, he opened Main Street Coffee and More, then started working on a second project, the New River Valley Youth Center, a few months later.
Unfortunately, due to the poor economy and other factors, those two projects were short-lived.
However, O’Neal thinks he may have found his niche with the Bardic Heart Civic Center, which is located at 84 W. Main Street, in the former location of the NRV Youth Center.
Since late 2008, the Bardic Heart Civic Center has played host primarily to local rock and metal band concerts, but O’Neal also plans to make the Center available for events such as weddings and wedding receptions, birthday parties, beauty pageants and fashion shows, along with dance and art classes.
Over the past several weeks, O’Neal’s main focus has been to give the Center a much-needed facelift. With a background in decorative painting, he has been putting his skills to use throughout the building, painting what he described as a "Victorian look with a little bit of Irish charm."
In future months, he plans to paint murals featuring historic sites within the Town of Pulaski, including the Pulaski Train Station and Maple Shade Inn.
"I’m really going for that ‘wow’ factor— something that people in Pulaski will be proud of," O’Neal said, noting that it is his goal to have the Center looking as good as the Pulaski Theatre, because he believes the two venues can be good "anchor points on Main Street."
He added that he is "not looking to compete" with the Pulaski Theatre or any other businesses in downtown Pulaski, but instead, hopes to form partnerships with them and work together to draw more people and business to Pulaski’s downtown area.
O’Neal plans to completely renovate the Bardic Heart Civic Center in four phases, with phase one focusing on the painting, phase two focusing on adding a sound booth, renovating the stage and expanding the building’s bathrooms, phase three on adding a concessions area/cafe upstairs and the last phase will be devoted to new heating and air.
On Thursday, April 23, O’Neal will host an open house at the Bardic Heart Civic Center.
The night before, on Wednesday, April 22, the Center will host a grand opening concert featuring the bands Oceano, Burning the Masses, Conducting from the Grave and Diskreet. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $15 at the door, and pre-sale tickets are $10.
O’Neal commented that he has been impressed by how well-behaved the crowds have been at past concerts at the Center, and that he has been surprised by how far people have traveled to attend these events, noting that along with people from Pulaski and Dublin, concert-goers have traveled from as far away as Galax and Mt. Airy.
O’Neal also noted that the Bardic Heart Civic Center is both an alcohol and smoke-free environment.

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