Love for Wausau to fund new canopy over Kickbusch Plaza

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) In a round about way, pure love for the city of Wausau will purchase a new canopy to help keep musicians, performers, and their equipment cool during the Jazz on the River Concerts in the summer.

The Kickbusch Plaza, located behind the Marathon County Library, houses a stage popularly used during the jazz concert series, but it's also available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Executive Director Blake Opal-Wahoske with the Wausau River District Organization said use of the stage isn't reaching its full potential.

"It's great to have people down there and it's great to have musicians, however, that heat of the summer and the sun reflecting off of our aluminum stage is counteracting some of our equipment so we're looking at getting a canopy installed."

To pay for the new canopy the organization is looking to love for help. During the month of February a bright red heart is for sale at the cost of one dollar. The heart which is made of card stock gives buyers the chance to fill in the reason they love Wausau. The card is then displayed in the window.

The hearts are not only sold by the Wausau River District Organization but it involves this list of participating businesses:

Shepherd & Schaller
319 Gallery & Bistro
Janke's Book Store 
Poppy’s Boutique 
Second Peak Boutique 
CVA Giftshop 
Blackash Urban Goods
Polito’s Pizza
Lamplighter Fine Gifts 
Antiques by Ginny
The Local 
Campbell Haines Menswear 
Navieve Fromagerie 
Seven One Five Tattoo Collective
Evolutions in Design
The Mint Cafe 
Sweets on Third
Ignite Nutrition
La Prima Deli

All proceeds will go directly to the new canopy.