Kennedy Pride Reviews Recent Happenings

KENNEDY – Summer highlights and plans for the future were the main topics at the recent Kennedy Pride meeting. This year’s weather may be unpredictable but projects look like they are coming together.

The Jammin’ in the Park concert with Kokomo Time Band was reviewed. Group members were pleased with the turnout for the event. Refreshment sales and 50/50 tickets did well, according to Kennedy Pride members. The band remarked on what a lovely venue the gazebo in Hallquist Park makes for a summer concert.

It was also noted that the next summer concert would be Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. in Hallquist Park. Common Ground will perform.

In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the Kennedy United Methodist Church sanctuary. As always, this is a free performance, and everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music. Refreshments will be available for sale at the park during the concert.

There was good news about the pavilion for Hallquist Park. The building permit requires officially stamped architectural drawings. Co-President Linda Bish reported that Larry Mee, highway superintendent, found someone who could approve the plans for a reasonable cost. Donors have said they would cover that cost. The contractor reported that it would probably take two weekends to erect the pavilion. Members now hope it will be completed before the end of the summer.

Members wondered if there were some small projects around town that Kennedy Pride could help with. It might be a way to involve some of the area youth as well. This would again remind people of the group’s mission. The possibility of helping when the Kennedy Free Library gets ready to move to their new building was also brought up.

The gazebo in Hallquist Park needs repainting. It was suggested to contact the person who did the original work to see what was used. The old picnic tables in the park could be repaired and used as well.

Other fundraisers to help cover the costs of the future projects were discussed. Whether to bring back some tried-and-true events or develop new ones, and the need for volunteers, were important points to consider.

The next meeting of Kennedy Pride will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held in the Kennedy Free Library. The public is invited to come and offer ideas for community projects.