The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

June 7, 2014

Get out and enjoy the arts

I am writing to the faithful readers (and music lovers) of the River Cities communities to invite you to the River Cities Municipal Band’s 25th Anniversary kickoff concert, today, Saturday, June 7, at the newly remodeled riverfront band shell.

The band will be performing at 11 a.m. today, a later time than the one printed in The Lighthouse publication back in March. We will begin the season with a variety of music ranging from patriotic marches to television theme songs! It promises to be a fun all ages. Right after the concert, the band will be whisked up to the Sawmill Museum, courtesy of the Jolly Trolley — the official ride of the RCMB — where we’ll play for a half an hour in lieu of the museum’s annual Lumberjack Festival. All in all, it promises to be an exciting Saturday with lots to see and do.

Which brings me to the point of this letter: it’s time to break free of the long winter’s hibernation and come on out to play in the warm summer air! Congratulate yourself on surviving one of the worst winters we have had in quite a while and take part in what looks to be one of the most entertaining summers ever. The Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses have all participated in assuring that you and me, the citizens of Clinton, Camanche, Fulton, and surrounding communities, have a safe, enjoyable time enjoying the events scheduled for summer 2014. Our job is to patronize these events and letting those responsible know how much we appreciate the long hours they put in while we were shoveling snow off the roof. Every great community works together in times of challenge, and plays together in times of celebration.

While the entire weekend is packed with music at the bandshell, the River City Municipal Band will be out and about until the school bell rings to call the kids back. In June alone we will be playing at our home base, the Eagle Point Lodge on the 18th, at the Discovery Center for Felix Adler Days on the 21st, and at the Lyons 4-Square Park on the 25th as part of the Clinton Public Library’s Summer Concert Series.

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