New, old offerings make weekend great
This was one of those weekends in Baldwin where old and new connected to make it a great time to call the city home. Of course, it didn't hurt that beautiful fall weather made everything worthwhile.
As for some of the old, there was homecoming and all that goes with it at Baker University. It's always fun to see the activities that unfold throughout the week and are culminated with Saturday's football game, crowning ceremony and all the rest.
Abundant sunshine Saturday afternoon made it feel good to be in historic Liston Stadium. Of course, the football team winning 28-7 over Avila was fun, too. It capped off a weekend on the gridiron where Baldwin High School had whipped Ottawa the night before 27-7 in a much cooler, but just as exciting, environment. Go Wildcats, go Bulldogs.
But, the new and the old came together in other ways Saturday. The pie bake-off contest at Antiques on the Prairie was a unique new event that did something I'm always for -- bring pies to town. Stan Vickers had 70 people involved in that sweet new project downtown.
Then, of course, was the Lumberyard Arts Center's funding committee putting on the first-ever Blues & BBQ fund-raiser that evening. It not only proved to be a success, but gives Baldwin yet another event that could well draw people here every year.
While there were plenty of Baldwin loyalists at the event, I knew many that had come from the Kansas City area and others that aren't regulars to town. They came to hear the music and the good food was a bonus.
Of course, the crowd was a mixture of young and old and everything in between. The bands were awesome and were quite a mix, too. I always love to hear Baldwin High grad and University of Kansas student Glen Stansberry play the guitar and sing. My favorite band, "Free Lunch," turned in its always fine performance. The Reluctance, a new band that hasn't quite settled on the name, provided its share, too. Alonzo Beardshear is always worth the drive, no matter how far or what cost is involved, and I especially love it when he teams up with Gloria Roach.
With a full belly and cool temperatures, the crowd on hand could set back and enjoy it. It was a new event, but much like the Chamber of Commerce's try this summer with another one, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," it showed that something new can work in Baldwin and is certainly worth a try.
People love to come to Baldwin, whether it's Baker Homecoming, the Maple Leaf Festival, one of the Midland Railway's events or something else. Events like the Blues & BBQ make the trip here again worthwhile.