Blues and BBQ ready for second play
It's time again for blues and barbecue to meld in a fundraiser for the Lumberyard Arts Center project.
The second-annual Blues & BBQ event is set for 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Baldwin. If the sun is shining, the music will be wafting from the area between the post office and the lumberyard building. If it's raining, it will be in the lumberyard.
Where ever it is, a fun time is planned.
"This event was so well received last year by the community so we're extremely pleased that we can bring back the second-annual Blues & BBQ," said Sandy Cardens, who has spearheaded the Lumberyard project from its inception. "The weather looks like it will be perfect for us, but it got a little chilly last year by the end of the evening, so we advise everyone to bring a jacket or blanket."
The barbecue end of the equation, cooked by Ric Gere with Hickory Creek BBQ, will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be served until 8:30 p.m. or it runs out, whichever comes first.
The cost is $10 per plate for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. The meal includes barbecued meat, sides, beverage and a homemade cookie. Coffee and cookies will also be available inside the Lumberyard.
The music is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Among the performs slated are Glen Stansberry, a Baldwin High School graduate attending the University of Kansas who played at last year's inaugural event; Baldwin favorite Route 56; The Baker University Jazz Band; and Bones and the Skeletones, a group compiled from other bands that played last year.
"This is an event where you can bring the kids, the aunts and uncles and the grandparents and everyone can enjoy it," said Cardens. "If you like food and music, how can you go wrong?
"The Blues & BBQ last year raised more than $3,000 and, of course, we want to top that this year," she said.
New this year are sponsors of the event, which is designed to raise funds to refurbish the Lumberyard into an arts center.
"We would like to thank our major sponsor this year, Vaughncraft Percussion, for its support and our thanks also go to the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin City Market and Mid-America Bank for their contributions to this event," said Cardens. "Thanks also go to the FYE class at Baker University for cleaning the center Sunday."
The Baker class, First Year Experience, is a requirement at the university and students do various community service projects.
Cardens also advised those planning to attend to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating while listening to the music.