Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Letters to the Editor

October 11, 2007

To the editor:

The board of directors of the Lumberyard Arts Center would like to thank all of those who came out to enjoy a night of food and music at the fourth-annual Blues and Barbecue as we continue to raise funds to establish a home for the arts in Baldwin City.

A special thanks to Ric Gere of Hickory Creek Barbecue for preparing the meat for us. Thanks also to Sonic, Kansas State Bank, Cranberry Market and Baldwin Junction Greenhouse for their contributions of supplies and to the Hestia Club for the homemade cookies! Thanks to the Baker Parmentars for their help with serving.

Another special thank you to Chris Lorenzen for the poster and flyers and a gigantic thank you to Gloria Roach for pulling together the best ever musical program featuring Road Hoag with Dave Chauvin and Blues Traditions with Alonzo Beardshear.

Those who had other commitments Saturday night really missed out on the best program yet. And last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the generosity of Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank and Vaughncraft Percussion for their generous monetary contributions and support. We are extremely grateful.

Diane Niehoff
Lumberyard Arts Center

To the editor:

I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Baldwin Blues and Barbecue. That's the many volunteers with all their time, effort and energy. That's also the many businesses with their contributions, Hickory Creek Barbecue and the people who came to support this event.

The bands played for just food and or gas money. They were great! It's asking a lot of people to share their talents, when their investment of time is not just for the night of the event, but the many hours spent in practicing. Also the big, big bucks spent on instruments and equipment is unbelievable. No one would ask Grandma Taylor to just give away her wares at the local craft show for a meal.

Someone I failed to mention in the newspaper article was Chris Thomas. Thomas is a local sound engineer who contributed his time, energy, talents and equipment to this event. He and his wife Cindy are the reason we were able to have the Blues and Barbecue event. Without the music there would be no Blues in Blues and Barbecue. And, lastly, I want to thank the Signal for supporting this event by helping to get the word out to the people. If you were sitting at home last Saturday watching TV or went to Lawrence to a movie, you missed out. I can guarantee you we had more fun at the Blues and Barbecue event. I hope that next year even more people come to enjoy the contributions of the many that contributed and support this attempt to give this community an Arts Center for the Baldwin people and their children.

Gloria Roach
Baldwin City

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