To the Editor - The Press

Mayor’s Column for July 6, 2016

As I write this column a few days before the event, I can only hope that the Independence Day weekend celebration of live music and fireworks turned out to be enjoyable for all. We take pride in offering local talent as a lead-up to the pyrotechnics, and “Said She” and Anne E. DeChant always put on an entertaining show. We hope that it was a perfect kick-off to your holiday weekend.

Several folks have asked why we don’t have our fireworks show on July 4th. The answer is simple. The fireworks companies give priority to their longtime customers when it comes to a scheduling date. We are not a longtime customer to any of the competent vendors. Obviously, the public finds the actual date of July 4th to be the prime time for fireworks, which is the same sentiment that always generates the question, “Why not on the fourth?” Another factor is that the vendor offers a better price if we select a day prior to or after the actual holiday. We also try to control labor costs, which are higher on a weekend or a holiday. Our objective is presenting quality music that brings enjoyment to a diverse crowd, and a fireworks show that includes more than a few “wows”. I am sometimes accused of sounding like a frugal parent hoping to generate the most enjoyment out of a fixed budget. Guilty as charged. We welcome your comments.

Once again, the Waterfront Wine Festival was a huge success. Just ask one of the over 2,000 people who attended the event last Saturday. The weather was perfect (it has been for three years in a row!) and the view of the Lake was as good as ever. We need to thank Jennifer Dalman, Charlie Sexstella and Dan Bucci for organizing such an enjoyable event, with proceeds going to the Smiles for Sophie Forever charity. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, plan on doing so next June. We also hope that you were able to attend the 9th annual Smiles for Sophie Bash and Dash on July 4th at Walker Road Park.

If you enjoy Jimmy Buffet and tropical music, the concert at Miller Road Park on July 17th is in your wheelhouse. Island Jeff & Bongo Bob will perform. I’m told that they are very entertaining. The Geeze Cats will perform on July 31st. If you enjoy ‘50s and ‘60s music, this concert is for you. The Patriots Symphonic Band directed by Harry Pfingsten is scheduled for August 4th and fans of patriotic music always enjoy this concert. We will end the concert series on August 21st with a Beatles tribute band called Revolution Pie. They have a very large regional following, so get there early. All concerts begin at 6:00 PM.

Lastly, we apologize for the inconvenience caused by the various road and water plant projects which are causing some delays in your everyday lives. We make every attempt to coordinate these road closures, but the unexpected always seems to throw us a curve ball. We hope that once the improvements are completed they are judged to be worthwhile.

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