Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:40 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sunshine, rain and a great concert

Great music, happy dancers, hula hoops and bubbles set the stage for a weekend of fun at KBBIs 33rd annual Concert on the Lawn. The concert is a fun way for KBBI to connect with our community and showcase musical talent and is an important fundraiser for the station, supporting local program costs.

The music this year was truly stellar, with ukulele, folk, blues, dubstep and hard driving rock of several flavors well represented. KBBI thanks the many local musicians and those from Fairbanks, Seward, Kenai/Soldotna, Anchorage and elsewhere who shared their time and talent with our friends at the concert.

The musicians perform for free, but are treated like royalty in the hospitality yurt provided by Nomad Shelter. Sustenance for the performers was provided by AJs, The Alibi, Boss Hoggz, Caf Cups, Cosmic Kitchen, Fat Olives, The Grog Shop, Homer Brewing Company, Homestead Restaurant, Two Sisters and The Vagabond Caf. Your generosity was very much appreciated by the musicians.

Vendors also came from near and far to provide a wonderful variety of food, merchandise and information to the concert audience. Thank you all for adding taste, color and thoughtfulness to the weekend.

As always, special thanks goes out to the city of Homer and the Parks and Recreation Department for making Karen Hornaday Park available to us. And also to the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra for use of their big tent, which provided shade on Saturday and a dry haven Sunday evening. And thank you Stewart Schmutzler and your crew for completing a major overhaul of the stage and sound booth this year that will serve the concert well into the future.

Id like to mention KBBIs board of directors, community advisory board, staff and volunteers who contribute so much to keep local public radio alive and well in Homer and beyond.

And then there were all of you, coming to spend a day with us at Karen Hornaday Park, dancing, visiting, laughing and enjoying watching the young children playing with bubbles, the hula hoopers hula hooping and the CDs sparkling in the sun. And you leave such a clean space when you leave we know you respect and care for KBBI, the park and this wonderful place we call home. You help make this the terrific gathering it is, year after year. Thank you.

David S. Anderson, general manager