Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blues, barbecue brings a crowd

October 8, 2009

Yet another crowd took advantage of good food and music Saturday night in downtown Baldwin City at the sixth annual Blues and Barbecue event.

“We had around 100 people, despite the cool weather,” said Linda Ballinger, Blues and Barbecue chair. “We appreciate all the support we’ve received for this project.”

The fundraiser brings money in for the Lumberyard Arts Center Project, which is an effort to refurbish the lumberyard into a home for the arts. There has been a great deal of progress in the building during the last few months, with walls built and electrical upgrades, including lights.

“We’re making great progress,” said Tony Brown, who served as emcee for the event that included three bands. “I’d encourage people to stay tuned. I do think the people who were there who hadn’t seen it for awhile were impressed with the progress.”

The bands that played were Forecast, Konza Swamp Band and the Baker University jazz combo. Hickory Creek Barbecue prepared the meat for the meal. Those in attendance enjoyed both features, said Brown.

“It was a wonderful fall evening filled with good food and good music,” he said. “I think the folks that came had a great time.

“I think that the lumberyard project is a great thing for Baldwin City and will be an asset for the community when it’s done,” said Brown.

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