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Have you ever wondered how NarroWay got its start? We're going back to the very beginning to walk through the incredible journey with NarroWay founders Rebecca Martin and Yvonne Clark!

Chapter 26: What Were We Thinking!

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Have you ever tried to step onto a running treadmill? I did ...........once!
That’s the best way to describe how Birdie and I looked when we changed addresses in January 1997 and set the first performance and public opening of the amphitheatre for May 22, 1997!


What were we thinking?!

After the lease was signed to occupy King’s Arena, the property manager told us that a national entertainment group had previously shown interest in the amphitheater area but backed out when they estimated it would take $2,000,000.00 to restore it and produce a show.

That was encouraging news!
We received a desperately-needed donation - $400,000.00, and started writing checks.
Lighting - $100,000.00.
Electricians - $30,000.00.
Marketing - $35,000.00.
Lumber, building supplies, liability insurance, property insurance, and the list went on.

I was accustomed to talking about money in terms of hundreds. Now we talked in tens-of-thousands.

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Chapter 25: King's Arena

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Memorial weekend, 1996 (–dash–) Memorial weekend, 1997!
First time we saw the rundown amphitheater in Fort Mill, SC (–dash–) First show opened on stage at King’s Arena.
You know what they say: "It’s all about the dash."

It was October before a lease was finalized, granting NarroWay use of the amphitheater property until December 31, 2005, with an option to extend the lease for two three-year periods.

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With the help of our attorney and friend, Joe Justice, and his wife, Virginia, we began the insufferable procedure of securing a tax-exempt status from the IRS. Unbeknownst to us, our coming to the old Heritage USA property coincided with Jim Bakker’s release from prison. So, the IRS agent thought we were a front for a Jim Bakker come-back!

Little did we know that we would live in the ominous shadow of Jim Bakker for years to come.

Without IRS certification, we couldn’t secure the contributions we desperately needed.

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Chapter 24: Edge of the Cliff


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It is a strange occurrence during the momentous occasions of life when crowds of people surround you, cheer you, love you. The noise diverts the fears. The gathering distracts from the repercussions of what just happened.

It was one thing to stand looking at this grand idea called the amphitheater, with everyone’s glorious anticipation of what it would be.
It was another when reality kicked in and we realized we were the ones who had to make it happen.

In the three months during which we were transitioning between our church positions and full-time NarroWay, we continued the necessary business processes needed to get NarroWay on her feet, as well as some of the clean up work.

Chapter Thirteen tells how devastated we were when Joe and Tessie were called to leave the church where we served together to come to Charlotte. Though God did a mighty work independently with them, their presence, success and reputation in the Charlotte area was a strategic factor in NarroWay’s successful start-up.

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