I didn’t realize what the Gateway meant to me and to the City of Waynesboro until I actually saw the empty building. I have so many wonderful memories of all the people I have met, and the staff has been wonderful. It has been an awesome experience that I shall never forget. It has been a great run, and I look forward to the future.
Two things that will always be memorable about the Gateway revolve around Kevin Chisnell and Mojo Saturday Night and Roddy Barnes. We always looked forward to those performances. The other thing that will be missed and hope will be duplicated when the Wayne is restored, is the ability to be up close and personal with the performers as was present in a small, intimate setting like the Gateway. We look forward to the day when the Wayne Theatre is complete and operating successfully but will always have a warm spot in our hearts for the Gateway.
My enduring memory is being completely blown away by The Boogie Kings. Each of them individually is so gifted and together they are tremendous. Richard Adams is a genius—but don’t tell him; he will get all puffed up!
“Methodist Pastor Sells Alcohol in Retirement”
As we stepped up to volunteer at the Gateway I was asked to work concessions which put me in the place of selling beer/wine. That felt really weird though I drink both. But it worked out OK!
The Gateway was a wonderful; sometimes I feel an overlooked or hidden gem in Waynesboro. A warm, intimate and welcoming place filled with wonderful musical events. A place so many times loved by the musicians that played there. A special place that will definitely be missed by those who understood its magic.
To me, a surprise hit of the Gateway has been the popularity of the monthly history lectures. Time after time we’ve had full, even overflowing houses. This shows how important, and personal, folks in the area view our regional history.