Kennedy Pride held its monthly meeting at Hallquist Park recently. Several items were discussed.
The Welcome to Kennedy sign on Route 394, coming into town from the east, was damaged by the tornado July 24. It has been taken down for repair work. A banner in Hallquist Park announcing the Jammin' in the Park concerts was blown down, but can be resituated. Some of the American flags on poles around town were blown out of position, but should be able to be righted as well.
Secretary Kelly Snow was out of town, but she had reported to Linda Bish that she has received another letter, as well as paperwork to be filled out, for the grant for the veterans' memorial to be placed in Hallquist Park. Group members agreed that this was a positive sign.
The first Jammin' in the Park concert was discussed. Everyone felt the turnout to hear Country Roads was a good one. Hot dog sales went very well. The free concerts are community events to thank residents for their continued support of Kennedy Pride's efforts.
The next concert will be Saturday, Aug. 21, when the Battle of the Bands will take place in Hallquist Park from 5 to 10 p.m. Group members decided to set a rain date of Aug. 28. Six area bands are scheduled to perform, with those attending choosing their favorites. Kennedy Pride will provide prize money for the bands. Refreshments, tees and hoodies will be available.
The third concert in the Jammin' in the Park series will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dave Rublee and friends will perform a variety of musical numbers. With roots in the community, Mr. Rublee's talents have been appreciated for many years, and his performances are always anticipated.
Co-President Steve Stanton stated that he had received permission to hook up to the water supply at Ridout's Heating and Cooling next to the park. So he hopes to get the power washing done on the bridge soon. Then it can be stained. Group members also noted that the walking path in the park has been dug out by the Highway Department workers, in preparation for blacktop installation. This is a goal that has been worked on for a long time. Highway department workers will do the blacktopping when their schedule permits.
Kennedy Pride will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is invited to come and to offer any ideas about community projects.