Blues & BBQ
Good food and good music combined Saturday night to spell good fortune for the Lumberyard Arts Center Project, which raised around $3,000 from the 250-plus people who attended the first-ever Blues and BBQ event.
"I thought it went great," said Sandy Cardens, arts center steering committee member. "I wish it would have stayed a little warmer a little longer. It got a little chilly when the sun went down.
"Toward the end, we started running low on supplies, so that was good," she said.
The crowd started showing up around 5:30 p.m. and was treated to plates of barbecue and all the trimmings. At about 6 p.m. the music started with Glen Stansberry, a 2002 graduate of Baldwin High School, first on stage.
That's when the food and music started to be intertwined for a great evening of both.
"Counting plates, we probably had about 250 people served," said Cardens. "At the end, we sold the meat that was left by the pound so we didn't have any of it left. We had to make more coleslaw, too.
"We grossed just under $3,000. That included a couple of people who just made donations of $100, which was nice," she said. "I'd like to thank everyone who made it possible and to all of those who came."
Cardens said the biggest behind the scene efforts were put in by the project's funding committee, which numbered around 17 people, including spouses.
"The funding committee did a fabulous job of planning and executing this," she said. "We had a lot of people say it was better than expected. At the moment, it looks like we would love to do it again. We'll have a meeting soon, probably after the Maple Leaf Festival, and talk about doing it again.
"It was excellent music. Anyone who left early missed some good stuff and anyone who didn't come early missed some good stuff," said Cardens. "This was our first ever and next year we may have our second annual Blues and BBQ."