Kennedy Pride Plans Active Summer

KENNEDY – At their latest meeting in Hallquist Park, members of Kennedy Pride heard plans for summer music concerts. They also discussed ongoing projects in the park.

Co-President Linda Bish told members that two musical events have been confirmed, as part of the “Jammin’ in the Park” series. The first concert will be a performance by “Common Ground” on Tuesday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. in Hallquist Park. This group of local musicians gave a concert last summer that was very well received. Pride members were very pleased that they would be able to perform again this summer.

The second confirmed musical event will be a performance by the local group “Scroggins.” This concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6-8 p.m. in Hallquist Park. Several members of the band have performed in the park before, and they enjoyed playing their music for an appreciative audience.

The possibility of other musical performances this summer is still being looked into. As always, the concerts are free public events. Kennedy Pride will have refreshments available during the events.

The site for a pavilion in the park was a significant discussion during the meeting. Larry Mee noted that both power lines and phone lines were located above the original site chosen. He suggested moving the site a little further to the west to avoid complications. This would still leave it close enough to be used by audience members during concerts. Group members voted to go with this plan, and would talk to the contractor to get his input on the exact placement. They will work within his schedule to have a structure built.

A second big decision concerned new “Welcome to Kennedy” signs. Steve Stanton brought new information from one local design firm that clarified some questions about their earlier quote. Those present felt the metal signs, which would be larger than the current signs, would be easier for people to see. They voted to purchase three signs and brackets from the company. Kennedy Pride will provide the support posts, and local workers will install the new signs when they are ready. Stanton will also check with the company about a sign specifically noting the name “Hallquist Park” for either the welcome sign in the park or placed on the gazebo.

Co-President Shirley Leyman updated group members about the Conewango Creek cleanup. It has been scheduled for Aug. 17, but she said she has been having trouble coordinating with the Conewango watershed group on the details. The creek has still been running high, also, hampering efforts for an overview to designate the area to concentrate on for the cleanup. She will continue to meet with the watershed group to try to get everything organized.

Group members thanked Roland Swanson for another wonderful program for the Flag Retirement Ceremony. Clarence Robbins noted that he had again heard from people who commented on the fact that they learned something new at the event. Swanson acknowledged the members’ gratitude. He then told them that someone had told him that they had been impressed by the efforts of Kennedy Pride in their small community. This person told Swanson that he wished to give an anonymous donation to the group to help continue their community activities. Members expressed their thanks and asked Swanson to convey them to the donor.

Kennedy Pride will hold their next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in Hallquist Park. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is invited to attend, and to offer any ideas for community projects.