LAC hosting annual Blues, BBQ Saturday
Baldwin City’s Lumberyard Arts Center is inviting members of the community for food, music and drinks during Saturday’s Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser.
“We just need people in the community to come out and help support, and this it is a fun way to do it,” said Sandy Cardens, Bluegrass and BBQ Committee chairman.
The food at the fundraiser will include pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy corn bake from Biggs BBQ in Lawrence, salad and beer.
David Deel smokes meat as a hobby and will be preparing the pork for the event for free. Dessert will be provided by those participating in a homemade cobbler-baking contest.
“I think the cobblers are going to go over really well because in the past we have only had cookies,” Cardens said.
There is not a set cost for admission, however the center is asking for a free-will donation.
“We’d just like people to give us what they think they would spend if they went out to eat and got an evening of entertainment. Whatever they give us, we will take it,” Carden said.
The Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser has been an annual event for the Lumberyard Arts Center since 2005, with music varying between blues and bluegrass. In previous years there has been an admission, but the center is hoping donations will bring in more money.
“We decided to try to do a free-will donation and see how much we get,” Diane Wagner, Bluegrass and BBQ committee member, said.
The fundraiser is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will be inside the Lumberyard Arts Center, but a tent on the vacant lot between the Post Office and the center will provide a place for community members to go if they want to listen to bluegrass and eat outside. The tent also makes it possible to have the event rain or shine.
Music will be provided by three bands: Prairie Acre, Fresh Picked and Cindy Novelo.
Novelo, who now lives in Lawrence, has roots in the community and was the first artist booked for the event.
“She used to live in Vinland and worked at Baker,” Carden said.
A local group called the B-Town Bluegrass Brothers will also provide entertainment between band sets.
The Lumberyard Arts Center’s Bluegrass and BBQ Committee organized the event by finding sponsors, volunteers, buying food and finding musicians, however the fundraiser as a whole was a result of community support.
“We have a fabulous group of people who have helped us put it together,” Carden said.
Lumberyard Arts Center’s major sponsors for this event have been the Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank, Custom Mobile Equipment and Kansas Gas Service. Each sponsor donated $500, which helped with costs for signs, fliers and the pork meat.
Without the support of sponsors and volunteers, the center wouldn’t be able to provide services to Baldwin City.
“(The Lumberyard Arts Center) is not getting any other funding other than donations that people turn in, so anything to keep it going all has to be raised through private donations,” Wagner said. “I think it is an important part of downtown and it could be a centerpiece of our downtown area.”